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Forest Drive Church, 4128 Forest Drive: summer 2008   6 comments

Posted at 12:30 am in landmark

Forest Drive Church, or Forest Drive Baptist Church (I think the sign specifying the Baptist part had been covered for years before they moved), was at the corner of Forest Drive and Falcon Drive, just above A.C. Flora High School.

Earlier this year, the church sold at least part of its property to Gold's Gym which will be moving there from its current location in the old Columbia Athletic Club building. The church itself will be moving somewhere in the North East area, though they are now meeting in temporary quarters until their new home is built.

As you can see from the last pictures, the outbuildings below the church have now been knocked down. I missed what would have been a dramatic picture of them knocking down the small house-like outbuilding that faced on Forest Drive -- I was on my way to Walgreens when I noticed them starting in on it, but I was already past and on the wrong side of the road to stop. By the time I finished my errand and started back (about 20 min), they had already finished the demolition, leaving the rubble pile you can see here. So far the sanctuary itself hasn't been touched, though I presume it has been deconsecrated by now. The land behind the sanctuary is for sale, so I guess Gold's isn't getting the whole complex.

Update 10 May 2009 -- Work continues, and now they have the entire front side off of the former sancturary:

UPDATE 10 November 2009: Work continues apace as pictured below. Also added the street address to the post title.

Written by ted on December 21st, 2008

6 Responses to 'Forest Drive Church, 4128 Forest Drive: summer 2008'

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  1. I went to the re-zoning hearing to speak out against this. The church had 5 acres at that location, yet they apparently needed more to build Six Flags Over Jesus and Golds Gym apparently could help pay for it.
    There won't be any turning lanes to get into that new complex. Golds Gym is going into the big eyesore building and they will be building strip malls around it.

    ChiefDanGeorge

    21 Dec 08 at 3:56 pm

  2. I believe the new location is on Longtown Road, just a few miles north of Clemson.

    Jason

    22 Dec 08 at 6:07 am

  3. There are a couple of chruches in West Columbia that are closed. (Platt Springs Rd, US1 near Lowes) Not in recent memory do I remember this many churches going under.

    Ironchef

    22 Dec 08 at 8:02 am

  4. the land that is now cleared beside the church will be a bank. I talked to one of the contractors doing the digging there and he told me that.

    Pamela

    3 Jan 09 at 12:18 pm

  5. My Uncle Pec is a baptist pastor and he told me that they ere the 'odd ducks' in the baptist convention and finally dropped out so that's why the 'baptist' is gone

    They are now on Longtown Road in Northeast Richland

    Andrew

    31 May 10 at 10:17 pm

  6. There were two (2) Food Lions on opposite sides of an intersection (just opposite Piggy Park) when we lived in the area. Really strange, but maybe they didn't want to relinquish either location to a competitor.

    Don

    1 May 11 at 12:22 am

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