Old church demolition begins
Don Zook, developer from Aledo, purchased the old Hope Chapel and thought about renovating it, but it was too far gone. "I hated to do it, but it was going to cost way too much to renovate it," he said.
"We salvaged all the limestone we could from the foundation and around the outside windows," said Zook.
Demolition began Monday, March 7. "I imagine by tomorrow afternoon it will be pretty much done," he said. Prior to bringing in the heavy equipment Zook took out the interior items of interest -- the pews, stained glass, leaded church windows -- "we salvaged all that," he said.
He said he does have some ideas on what will happen next at that corner lot, but isn't ready to talk about it yet.
He does plan to donated the building's cornerstone, dated 1894, to the College Avenue Presbyterian Church.