OWENSBORO, Ky. (8/7/13) -- Gaddis Construction started debris cleanup Tuesday on the former site of First Christian Church at the corner of 7th St. and Daviess St.

The church, which caught on fire in March, has yet to settle with the insurance company, so the city has begun with phase one of the cleanup.
“We thought it had been long enough,” Stuart Gant, President and CEO of Owensboro Riverport Authority, said.
Any whole blocks that remain and the decorative pineapples on 7th St., will be saved for the future rebuilding effort. The air conditioner units that are on-site, 29 total, will also be recycled or disposed of properly. The proper arrangements are being made to open the sidewalk on Daviess St., as well.
In addition, the city has requested that the temporary fence be removed on 7th St and Daviess St., which is essentially, the outer walls of the church. The west wall along Daviess Street will be removed in order to accomplish this.
Phase one work will take a week to 10 days to complete, said Gant. Phase two would start later this month and would consist of removing other parts of the building.
“The wound is still open, we want to make steps to rebuild,” Gant said.
Taylor Riley
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