MEMPHIS, TN - COGIC is defending the viability of the old Chisca Hotel, days after concrete from the abandoned building rained down on a popular Downtown Memphis street.
Leaders with the Church of God in Christ say they have plans for the building.
Late last week, several pieces of concrete fell. One witness tells abc24.com the impact of the falling debris sounded like a bomb going off.
Lt. Wayne Cooke with the Memphis Fire Department confirms the department's Anti-Neglect team met with COGIC representatives.
Cooke wrote in an email to abc24.com: "Anti-Neglect has an active case on the Chisca Hotel."
COGIC declined to go on camera to discuss this situation. But Robert Coleman, the church's public relations manager, did release the following email statement:
"The Church of God in Christ is continuing to explore various options concerning the Chisca Hotel in downtown Memphis. COGIC has been vigorously developing an adaptable reuse plan for The Chisca property and is confident a decision will be made this summer."
COGIC last used the building in the late 1990's as its headquarters before moving to its current location.
A realtor familiar with Downtown Memphis says a number of developers have approached the church about the building, but have been turned away for one reason or another over the years.
Lt. Cooke says another safety fence was put up after last week's incident.