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Council vote helps True Bethel expand its campus – again

True Bethel Baptist Church is building more housing at its East Side campus.

On Tuesday, the Common Council approved the sale of four city-owned lots to the church's development arm – True Community Development Corp. – which plans to turn six vacant lots into three single-family, affordable homes on East Ferry Street. The lots are at 825, 831, 845 and 847, which the city is selling, as well as 833 and 837, which are owned by the church.

Each house would have a front porch and a one-car detached garage. Residents will be able to choose from three color options –  Cape Cod gray, Tuscan clay or coastal sage – each with black shutters and white trim.

Other projects for the church's larger community campus include a 30-unit townhome, a 50-unit senior housing facility, a Head Start program and three previously built homes around the corner on Woodlawn Avenue. It also converted a former firehouse into offices for its community outreach arm.

Council President Darius G. Pridgen, the church's pastor, recused himself from Tuesday's vote even though he has no financial ties to True Community Development, he said.

"I don't vote on anything that has to do with the CDC or the church," Pridgen said.

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