First Presbyterian's Pastor, Rev. Joe Clifford, on the Possibilities For 508 Park Avenue
This is, in part, what Clifford wrote:
As the Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, I can tell you we will not leave the property in the abandoned shambles it has been for decades. It is a haven for drug dealers who prey upon our clients. And we will do whatever we can to improve that situation.
We have a number of possibilities we are exploring. Among them are plans that would involve honoring the musical heritage of the 508 Park Bldg. Robert Johnson was a homeless blues man. That connects very well with our arts ministry as well as our efforts to help people who live on the street. We also have a vibrant ministry with at-risk children living south of I-30. This property could open possibilities for expanding that ministry.