By: Associated Press
September 9, 2018
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Downtown churches in Savannah are being sold and repurposed for new uses as their leaders aim to expand congregations or avoid costly repairs to historic properties.
The Savannah Morning News reports that churches are being transformed at a time when developers are seeking opportunities in areas attracting increasing investment.
Also, preservationists hope to save part of Savannah's history by saving the older structures.
The newspaper reports that in one case, local architect Christian Sottile is renovating a 106-year-old church in Savannah's Victorian District.
He purchased the building in March from the Greater Friendship Baptist Church, which has moved to a new building on Savannah's south side.