Potential Narberth Church Demolition Prompts Historic Preservation Talks

With the tear-down of a 125-year-old church on the horizon in Narberth, the creation of a historic preservation program resurfaced in talks at a Borough Council meeting last month.

The vacant Baptist Church of the Evangel, located at 198 Elmwood Ave. across from the SEPTA Regional Rail station, will likely be knocked down and replaced with a newly constructed apartment building.

The project received attention from community members in recent years as the development evolved from gutting the church but preserving its structure to the current demolition and new construction plan.

The shift in plans – all allowed by the borough's zoning code – is one of several factors that led Narberth officials to reconsider the creation of a historic preservation program, an idea that failed more than two decades ago, according to Main Line Media News.

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