Chesterfield man charged with obscene sexual display
Police arrest Chesterfield man for ‘obscene sexual display’
Chesterfield couple dead in apparent murder-suicide
Virginia school buses missing required safety feature
Police: 80-year-old man murdered neighbor in lawn dispute
‘Friend’ charged with killing Norfolk teen
University of Maryland murder investigation
Multiple storms, heavy rainfall this week
TRACK RAIN: Use CBS 6 Interactive Radar

Church renovation forces neighbor out of home

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - After crews spent a week removing the roof from a century old church, a city inspector has asked the neighbor across the street to temporarily move out.

The request came after the roof and most of the rafters were cut away from the church at 27th and Q Streets in the Churchill area of Richmond.

The inspector told Martha Whitfield on Saturday night, that he feared the front wall of the church could come down, so crews blocked the street and asked Whitfield to leave her home.

Monday afternoon, inspectors finally got back with Whitfield and told her she may be blocked out at least two more days.

The city had recently condemned the building in an attempt to keep people out. They feared the church's roof could collapse.

The pastor and congregation, who at the time of purchase two-years ago, knew the empty church was in serious need of repairs.

In an effort to begin shoring up the building, a general contractor removed the slate shingles, many of the rafters and the bell tower.

Some neighbors said they are now concerned the building may be too far gone to save, but the Historic Richmond Foundation said it wants to see the building saved and is now concerned with the entire inside being exposed to the weather.