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Engineer hopes new church will bring new life to neighborhood

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The historic Fifth Avenue Baptist Church that once stood at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Bladen Street has been torn down to make way for construction of a new church. The historic Fifth Avenue Baptist Church that once stood at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Bladen Street has been torn down to make way for construction of a new church.
Once complete, the church will hold a maximum of about 160 people. Once complete, the church will hold a maximum of about 160 people.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A local engineer is giving new life to an old church that will hopefully move one neighborhood into a positive direction.

Tony Leon Harris Jr. was found shot to death on a front porch along North Fifth Avenue in 2011. The case remains unsolved.

While there's been little headway in his murder investigation, the neighborhood is moving away from violence.

The historic Fifth Avenue Baptist Church that once stood at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Bladen Street has been torn down to make way for construction of a new church.

Engineer Ronald Sparks was hired for the project and has already begun rebuilding the church from the ground up. The more than 3,000 square foot facility will not only help bring back members of the congregation, but also put people in the area back to work.

Once complete, the church will hold a maximum of about 160 people. Sparks hopes this congregation is just the thing to get this neighborhood back on the right track.

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