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August 14, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 14. 2012

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Bainbridge church should be preserved

I grew up in Bainbridge. One of the things I love about my hometown is the history that surrounds us. I hope to return to this area and work to continue to preserve this history. Therefore, it devastates me to hear that the First Baptist Church Parsonage is due for demolition soon.

The First Baptist Church in Bainbridge was built in the late 1800s. In 1900, the parish saw a need for a parsonage and one was constructed.

I believe that if this building is demolished, the town of Bainbridge will be robbed of its historical and cultural value. Too often we forget to preserve heritage and demolish our past in the name of progress.

Apart from the loss of history, in lieu of a building there will be an eternal parking lot from the main intersection in town to Scott Street _ an entire block. The new view from the village green will be an eyesore, with dumpsters from local businesses in full sight.

Scoville-Meno has alternatives to its decision. The parsonage is located within a historic district listed under the National Registry of Historic Places. This can be seen on the Registry's website,

Because of the building and the neighborhood's status, as well as the fact that Bainbridge is in a qualified Census Tract, the new owners of the parsonage would be eligible for tax incentives, credits and grants (this information can also be found on Apart from preserving local history, rehabilitating the parsonage could also help the local economy.

I have already sent Jim Meno and Steve Scoville a letter addressing my concerns. I would like to see Scoville-Meno and the community prosper from this investment. My hope is that our town will have a better addition than another empty parking lot.

Kurt Riegel