Preservation Dayton Inc., which advocates for the preservation of historically significant properties in the city, has been encouraging people to write or call University of Dayton and Premier Health leaders and urge them to preserve the church.
Monica Snow, with Preservation Dayton, said the organization is encouraged by the partners taking a pause in their plans.
She said Preservation Dayton is also impressed with the other preservation work the different building partners have been involved with over the years, such as the revitalization of the Arcade and the newly renovated Avant-Garde building.
“So we’ve got a lot of hope and faith that the church can be utilized as part of the new proposed healthcare facility,” Snow said.
In April, the building project partners had first announced their plans for a new 30,000-square-foot medical building on the site. The building would have primary care and orthopedic physicians, imaging, lab and rehabilitation; a health clinic for UD employees; and after-hours urgent care for UD students and employees.
In the project announcement, officials had said they would remove the buildings on the site and begin construction this spring, with completion expected in summer 2022.
The church had been up for a potential redevelopment before.
A Dublin firm bought the building in 2016 for $550,000 but no development got off the ground. In 2018, the property sold for $850,000 to Redhawk Down LLC, which has a Columbus address.