Sun. Feb 23rd, 2020

Roof of nearly 100-year-old Orlando church collapses


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MICHELLE: A ROOF HAS COLLAPSED AT AN ORLANDO CHURCH. JASON: THIS IS NEAR BENTLEY STREET AND WEST MORELAND DRIVE. DAVE, WHAT ARE YOU LEARNING ON THE SCENE? DAVE: THIS IS A HISTORIC CHURCH, NEARLY 100 YEARS OLD AT THE CORNER OF WEST MORELAND AND BENTLEY IN THE PARAMORE AREA. YOU CAN SEE WHERE THE ROOFLINE DIPS TOWARDS THE FRONT PART OF THE CHURCH. THIS IS THE BLACK BOTTOM HOUSE OF PRAYER. IT IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING PUT ON THE HISTORIC DESIGNATION LIST. THE CITY OF ORLANDO AND ORANGE COUNTY HAVE BEEN WORKING TO DECLARE THIS A HISTORIC SITE. HE TALKED TO THE PASTOR, DANA JACKSON. SHE SAID SHE HAD BEEN WORKING ON THE CHURCH FOR A WHILE. SHE BOUGHT IT IN 2015 SHORTLY AFTER THE DEATH OF HER SON AND HAS BEEN DEDICATING HER MINISTRY TO HIS MEMORY. TO HER THIS IS DEVASTATING. THE ROOF HAD DAMAGE. THIS WAS NO SECRET. THEY HAD TARPS ON THE RAIN OUT. THEY HAD FELLOWSHIP IN THE HALL, NOT THE MAIN CHAPEL BECAUSE OF CONCERNS. BECAUSE THE ROOF HAS COLLAPSED, THEY HOPED TO RAISE A QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS TO RESTORE THE CHURCH, BUT NOW THAT THE ROOF HAS COLLAPSED THAT NUMBER WILL LIKELY GO UP. WE SPOKE WITH COMMISSIONER HILL. SHE IS A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR THE PARAMORE AREA AND IS DEVASTATED TO SEE WHAT HAS HAPPENED. SHE HAS WORKED HARD TO CHAMPION THIS PROJECT, AND IS HOPEFUL THAT THEY CAN MOVE FORWARD AND HAVE IT DECLARED A STRUCTURE OF HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE, AND PERHAPS GET SOME FUNDING IN SOME FORM OR FASHION TO

Roof of nearly 100-year-old Orlando church collapses

The roof of a nearly 100-year-old church collapsed Thursday morning in the Parramore neighborhood of Orlando. Officials with the city of Orlando and Orange County had been in the process of getting the Black Bottom House of Prayer located at the corner of West Moreland Drive and Bentley Street declared as a historic site. Pastor Dana Jackson said she had been working on the church for awhile and had bought it in 2015. She said she made the purchase after the death of her son and had been dedicating her ministry to his memory. She said the roof had damage and they were using tarps to keep rain out. The church had been holding fellowship in the hall, rather than the main chapel because of concerns with the roof. Efforts had been underway to raise $250,000 for church repairs, but following the collapse of the roof, that number will likely go up. Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill said she is devastated. Hill said she’d worked hard to champion the project and is hopeful that they can move forward and have the building declared a structure of historic significance and get some form or fashion of funding to make repairs.

ORLANDO, Fla. —

The roof of a nearly 100-year-old church collapsed Thursday morning in the Parramore neighborhood of Orlando.

Officials with the city of Orlando and Orange County had been in the process of getting the Black Bottom House of Prayer located at the corner of West Moreland Drive and Bentley Street declared as a historic site.

Pastor Dana Jackson said she had been working on the church for awhile and had bought it in 2015. She said she made the purchase after the death of her son and had been dedicating her ministry to his memory.

She said the roof had damage and they were using tarps to keep rain out. The church had been holding fellowship in the hall, rather than the main chapel because of concerns with the roof.

Efforts had been underway to raise $250,000 for church repairs, but following the collapse of the roof, that number will likely go up.

Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill said she is devastated.

Hill said she’d worked hard to champion the project and is hopeful that they can move f

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