Giant Eagle has decided not to build a gas station/convenience store on the site of a historic church in Cumberland. Cumberland Town Manager, Andrew Klinger says he's pleased that the company decided the project shouldn't go forward.
"We're glad that they recognized that," said Klinger, "but now the real work begins to try and figure out what's next for that site."
The building was one step closer to being razed when the property was recently rezoned for commercial use. St. John United Church of Christ had agreed to sell the church because it is too expensive to maintain.
The Town of Cumberland has been actively involved in a campaign to save the church at the corner of East Washington Street and German Church Road. Klinger said the town would like to see a mixed-use development that reuses the church.
"It would be a development that would include some residential as well as some street side commercial," said Klinger, "but most importantly something that can preserve that historic structure and incoporate it into the development."
Klinger says the next step will be to reopen discussions with the church to find an appropriate buyer.