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Plans approved for St. Pete church being converted to home

The former American Baptist Church of the Beatitudes will be a single family house.
The inside of the former American Baptist Church of Beatitudes at 801 28th Ave N.
The inside of the former American Baptist Church of Beatitudes at 801 28th Ave N. [ ALLIE GOULDING | Times ]
Published Oct. 10, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG — The St. Petersburg Community Planning and Preservation Commission on Tuesday okayed a developer’s planned changes to the former American Baptist Church of the Beatitudes in the Crescent Heights neighborhood.

Developer Jason Sanchez of Bluewater Builders St Pete LLC, which is converting the church into a single-family house, plans to make exterior changes to the building at 801 28th Ave. N. The City Council recently approved its designation as a local historic landmark.

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Among the changes being planned are the addition of a pool, patio and pergola to the north. One of three conditions of the commission’s approval requires that new doors and windows be recessed to match the historical structure, which was built in 1928 and originally was the home of Grace Lutheran Church. Its stained-glass windows are being saved, as well as some of the pews, which will be placed in a breakfast nook and gentleman’s bar.

The developer, who has already sold two homes he built on the four-lot property for more than $800,000, said he hopes to begin construction soon and complete the project in about six months.

Among other decisions Tuesday, the commission also approved the relocation of the Bay Gables House at 136 Fourth Ave. NE. The local historic landmark will be moved to the northeast corner of Eighth Avenue N and Dartmoor Street, in the Historic Uptown neighborhood.

The house, built in 1912, will be replaced by the Perry, a 13-story residential building.