- Andrew ScordalakisParish Priest @ St Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church
- Vicky RagousisSecretary
- Spero TzathasParish Council President
St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church: DON'T DEMO OUR NEIGHBORHOOD!
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The St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church owns almost the entire block where these two houses are located on Indiana Street. This is the block between Park Blvd. and Indiana St. going east/west and between Robinson Ave. and Cypress Ave. going north/south. The block consists of the church and it’s administration buildings and a unique mix of commercial property and historic homes. Presently the church has a very large parking lot which it has decided it wants to expand and that is their reasoning for destroying these homes: because they want more parking.
Although this would normally not be allowed to happen with a regular homeowner, the church is being given special treatment and allowed to destroy these homes because of a religious exemption.
“This exemption excludes them from the historic review process, historic designation, and a Site Development Permit for relocation. As long as the church owns these houses they can complete any work to them without the historic review.” – City of San Diego Historic Resources
Please sign this petition asking them to PLEASE SAVE these historic gems, and to include them with any future development. They are Historic, and part of our Hillcrest History, and worth saving.
- Parish Priest @ St Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church
- Parish Council President
As a member of the Uptown community I am writing to let you know of my profound disappointment in your decision to demolish these historic homes located on Indiana Street. As a church organization you should be working to build up communities, not tear them apart. The homes in question have been an integral part of Hillcrest and Marston Hills for over a century. Any church with a conscious would try to find an alternative design solution to facilitate additional parking other than the destruction of community history. We hope that you reconsider your decision so that we can maintain a friendly and neighborly relationship vs. one that will be permanently scarred by the removal of these homes.
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