A parish member says the church wants to build a fellowship hall.
After over an hour of public comment on Wednesday, September 21, the Historic and Design Review Commission moved forward with finding historic significance of the old, dilapidated rectory at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church on the Westside. Community groups like the Westside Preservation Alliance and the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center pushed for historic designation of the building to stop its demolition.
While the finding of historic significance moves forward, legally the city can’t create an ordinance deeming the rectory historic if the owner, a religious organization, doesn’t agree. In this case, it’s the parish of St. Alphonsus that wants to demolish the building to build a new fellowship hall in time for its centennial celebration, said Larry Salas, the building chairman for the church, at the HDRC meeting on Wednesday.