Loveland, Ohio - On May 1, City staff arranged for a preliminary structural investigation of the Loveland Predestinarian Baptist Church (LPBC), the historic Black church at the end of Chestnut Street. It was performed at no cost, by Loveland resident Kip Ping, a structural engineering consultant who owns Pinnacle Engineering.
The report is very favorable for reconstruction efforts and preventing the demolition of the 118 Year-old landmark.
Ping said in the report, “The report is very favorable for the original building is in relatively good condition and can be salvaged. Some work will be required to stabilize the structure, but this is not believed to be significant relatively speaking.”
There are two additions to the main building that Ping also evaluated. The condition of the editions is less favorable than for the main structure, but Ping says even these smaller parts are salvageable.
“Additions A and B are in very poor condition and while they can be renovated, the final product will be limited to the floor plan, ceiling heights, etc. of the current space. Unless a new owner/tenant can be found that could make use of the small chopped up space as currently demised, it may be less costly to raze the two additions and build a new structure that would be more well suited to the end use or to not build anything in that space.”
The church is at the end of Chestnut Street, behind the Loveland Artists Studios on Main Street and one block from the Loveland Post Office. The street address is 225 Chestnut Street. It is currently owned by Loveland residents, when city administrators paid back assessments on the 0.175 acre property on February 13, 2012. Demolishing the church is being considered to make way for redevelopment of the area.
Area residents recently met and formed a committee to explore saving the church from the wrecking ball.
Read the Ping Report: Download Ping report