Crews are now digging a hole through the middle of the Sojourn Heights church campus off Gostick St., south of Aurora in Sunset Heights. The rendering above looks west across Gostick to show the fenced-off lawn that will eventually grow in place of the demolished building. The new green space is bookended by renovated street-fronting structures and backed by a smaller addition that’s planned on the far west side of the just-over-an-acre church property.
Before the takedown got started yesterday, the complex consisted of 3 buildings that lined Gostick:
The brick structure shown on the far left, near the corner of 25th St. has been vacant since the North Main Baptist Church left it in the 1990s. Sojourn bought it — along with the stone building next to it — in 2017. Three years earlier, the church snatched up its current house of worship on the corner of Aurora from a third religious organization that’s since relocated: the Community Gospel Church.
A new sanctuary with balcony seating is now slated for the empty brick building, while the church’s current prayer space at 608 Aurora will become home to all its children’s religious programs:
North of the new sanctuary, add-ons housing office space and a community hall will go up. The photo below shows where they’ll sit behind the not-yet-renovated building and its soon-to-be yard:
Outside of the Heights, the Sojourn organization also hosts services in the Landmark River Oaks Theatre on W. Gray St., Briargrove Elementary School on San Felipe near Fountain View, and just off Westview Dr. in Spring Branch.
Off-camera to the right, a parking lot fronts what’s now the main building on the corner of Aurora.
- Sojourn Heights Church [Metalab Studio]
- Sojourn Heights is getting underway! [Joe Meppelink]
- Restore the Heights [Sojourn Heights]
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