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Plan to turn South City church into apartments raises questions about parking from residents

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Some neighbors are concerned about a plan to turn a church in the South Hampton neighborhood into housing. Credit: KMOV Some neighbors are concerned about a plan to turn a church in the South Hampton neighborhood into housing. Credit: KMOV
Rendering of plans to turn a church at Macklind and Norttingham into housing. Credit:  Matt Salviccio Rendering of plans to turn a church at Macklind and Norttingham into housing. Credit: Matt Salviccio
Rendering of plans to turn a church at Macklind and Norttingham into housing. Credit:  Matt Salviccio Rendering of plans to turn a church at Macklind and Norttingham into housing. Credit: Matt Salviccio
SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

A developer hopes to bring new life to an historic South City church by redeveloping it into apartments and condos.

The Southampton church is located at the intersection of Nottingham and Macklind. The church is almost 100 years old, but services ended at the site years ago due to an aging congregation and lack of parking. In the last several years it has served as a sort of community center, programs for children, a Free Little Pantry and a theater program. But those ended earlier this year and the church went up for sale. 

Developer Matt Salviccio wants to breath new life into the historical property by turning it into apartments and condos. 

"I'm hopeful the church will find new life in the neighborhood, bring in new neighbors," said Lorri Glover, who lives down the street. "I know some people are concerned about traffic and parking were less concerned about that, we live in a very vibrant neighborhood."

Southampton is a booming neighborhood, with new businesses and restaurants opening along Macklind. Homes are selling fast, and Salviccio says there is a high demand for new housing especially in a neighborhood known for its walkability. But there is a concern about parking, and that's why the developer met with residents Monday night. 

“We intend to market to people are not necessarily driven by the car, the moped, Lyft, Ubers of the world. We really want to make it a walk first, drive second community,” said developer Matt Salviccio.

He also says they are working with the street department to create 45-degree parking. 

Adam Wright, the president of the Southampton Neighborhood Association says there is excitement about the future of the property. The neighborhood association though will take the plan into consideration before offering their opinion. 

Salviccio says he will build the apartments and condos inside the existing church. The first phase will be the apartments in the school part of the church. There will be nine apartments. The second phase will be loft-style condos, including in the sanctuary. 

If the proposal is approved, the hope is to begin construction in Spring 2018. 

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