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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Landmarks Commission has voted unanimously to approve the deconstruction of an historic church that sits on the Cleveland-Lakewood border to make room for a redevelopment project.

The Fifth Church of Christ Scientist on Lake Avenue in the Edgewater neighborhood was designed by Frank Bail and completed in 1926.

The building has been vacant for 22 years.

The block on which the church currently sits will be redeveloped for mixed use including a new two-story Giant Eagle store, bank and townhouses.

According to the Cleveland Restoration Society, the City chose a townhouse development proposed by Brickhaus Partners to replace the church. The developer says they are committed to keeping the church's portico and using stone from the church in the redevelopment.

The Cleveland Restoration Society says it will encourage the developer to nominate the site for an Ohio Historic Marker.

Mobile: http://www.clevelandrestoration.org/

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