church demolition

photo courtesy of Alicia Quintans

A 1953 modern church on Kiest near Polk, designed by architect George Dahl, was demolished Monday.

Neighbors had tried to convince the property owner to reuse the church building or sell it to another developer. But that deal didn’t happen fast enough, and Zarkava Investments tore down The Church of the Master, which sits on 1.2 acres at 1010 W. Kiest.

The owner tried to get the property rezoned for retail and office, which could’ve included fast food or a shopping center. But the City Plan Commission wanted the owner to agree to deed restrictions that would’ve prevented a tear-down.

Under the property’s current zoning, the owner could build apartments.

See more pictures of the church here.