Old church demolition begins

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Building owner Don Zook stands near the United Presbyterian Church cornerstone, which he plans to donate to College Avenue Presbyterian Church in Aledo. The church was built in 1894.

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.

Demolition began today, March 7, 2011 at the old United Presbyterian Church located at the corner of NE 2nd Ave. and NE 2nd Street, Aledo