A decade ago, a group that wanted to save the former home of First Baptist Church was brimming with optimism.
Members of the nonprofit raised money and spent countless hours working to restore the building where thousands of Baptists worshiped for seven decades.
Today the renamed Cornerstone Center sits vacant, the paint on its sign out front peeling and cracking.
Cornerstone Chapel Inc., the nonprofit that took over the downtown landmark in 2002, envisioned the former church as a special events center. And a smattering of weddings, funerals and even a community theater performance were held there in the first years after the group took ownership.
But the cost to extensively renovate the building and bring it up to modern codes was...
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