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A Cumberland Church Gets a New Lease on Life

The 104-year-old church on German Church Road will be transformed into affordable housing for seniors.

CUMBERLAND, Ind. -- An old church is getting a new lease on life.

The historic church at the intersection of German Church Road and Washington Street in Cumberland will be transformed into affordable housing for senior citizens.

The church last hosted a service in October 2015, when high maintenance costs and low membership forced its congregation to relocate.

The new developers of the church, TWG Development, intends to preserve the building and its Tudor Gothic Revival-style architecture. The cemetery behind the church will be unaffected.

The project will be funded by tax credits from the Indiana Housing & Community Development Association.

"A lot of people came together to make this happen. It’s been a struggle but it’s been worth it to preserve this remarkable historic building. The German Church is our community’s gateway and we’re very pleased it will remain intact," said Cumberland Town Manager April Fisher.

The church opened in 1914 and German Church Road was named after it.

Town leaders have yet to say when work on the church will begin.

(Photo by RTV6.)

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