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      Demolition Nears End for Site of Former Church Donated to Habitat for Humanity

      Demolition continued Monday morning for a north Tulsa church that has been the site of two arson investigations.

      Members of Tulsa's Habitat for Humanity were back out at the former Bowen Baptist Church finishing the demolition process. This took place near North Rockford Avenue and East Independence Street in the Crutchfield Neighborhood.

      "Tulsa Habitat actually gets a lot of property donated to us," Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Paul Kent said. "Here in Crutchfield, over the last three years we've built 24 new homes."

      Kent told KTUL that the land where the church stood will be redeveloped to build seven to eight new homes within the next few years. Construction of those homes is expected to begin in the fall.

      Previous reports state that a 16-year-old admitted to Tulsa authorities in 2009 that he set fire to the building causing an approximate $100,000 worth of damage. And in February another arson was caused by three unidentified individuals destroying the rest of the church.

      Officials with the church proceeded to donate the land to Habitat for Humanity a few days later. Kent said that his organization still needs sponsors to offer $30,000 to $60,000 donations that will help provide families with zero percent interest loans.

      Anyone wishing to help Habitat for Humanity can contact 918 592 4244.

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