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Union Avenue Methodist Church…or CVS?

On July 8th, drugstore chain CVS’s proposal to build a store by razing the Union Avenue Methodist Church in Memphis was rejected 6-1 by the Land Use Control Board, but apparently there’s a Round 2 in the works.

From everything I’ve read, the backstory is other groups want to purchase the vacant church to restore it (although some articles have mentioned it is “beyond repair”), but CVS is the top bidder. Supposedly, the church is listed in the National Register of Historic Places (before posting, I tried verifying this…unfortunately, the web site was down).

According to the Memphis Heritage Blog, CVS will be appealing the Land Use Control Board’s decision to the City Council on August 24. Things are bound to get more interesting…

Personally, while a CVS store would generate employment for a couple dozen employees, I’d rather see a retail store like Fresh Market or Whole Foods be built. Even better yet, a Girls and Boys Club where after-school programs are offered, as well as tutors and mentors to help keep our youth off the streets. For one thing, it’s not like we need another drugstore in that area. Within a 10-minute radius, there are Walgreens at practically every other major intersection, and can’t help but think CVS just wants a piece of the prescription-fillin’ pie. It’s estimated that 40,000 vehicles pass by the church daily.

While this story is still developing, lemme show you church itself, located at the corner of Cooper Street and Union Avenue:

Union Avenue Methodist Church

I stood on the concrete retaining wall on Cooper Street to snap this shot

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Union Avenue Methodist Church

I couldn’t help but wonder what it looks like inside…

Union Avenue Methodist Church

…because its simple design is absolutely beautiful

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