West Palm Beach Considers Buying Rights from 3 Historic Black Churches in $1 Million Deal


Three historic, black churches in West Palm Beach could get a major facelift courtesy of West Palm Beach—to the tune of a million dollars.

Community Redevelopment Agency officials are proposing a unique way to ensure St. Patrick’s Episcopal, Tabernacle Missionary Baptist, and Payne AME get a million dollars for deferred maintenance issues.

Jon Ward, executive director of the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency told CBS12, “I they’re on a lot that’s zoned for a five or six story building, they have what’s called air rights, development rights.”

Ward said the churches’ rights to build higher are valued at a million dollars. Since the churches likely won’t develop any more on their property, the city wants to buy those rights from the churches and sell them to someone else. Ward said,

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