The First Baptist Church of San Antonio on Tuesday began razing the former Rodeway Inn on the northwest corner of Broadway and 4th Street, which it purchased earlier this year.
The purchase significantly expands the footprint of the church, whose address is on McCullough Avenue. So far, the church isn't revealing plans, and added it will consult its neighbors as to the property's best use.
"It will allow us to stay established downtown, and not have to move to the suburbs," said Mikel Allen, First Baptist Church's director of communications.
The purchase means the church now controls the square block bound by Broadway, McCullough, Avenue B and 4th Street, along with its flagship property. It also owns two parking lots to the north, and the property the Tobin Center Parking Garage sits on. The church acquired the Rodeway Inn property in March from an entity called Aashay Hospitality LLC for an undisclosed price. The property, 405 Broadway, is appraised at $2.9 million.
Allen said it should take 3-5 weeks to completely level the multiple structures on the site.