Council Approves Plans To Rebuild Historic Homes, Church Ravaged By Tornado

June 20, 2017

The Century Town Council voted Monday night to give final approval to a Century Architectural Review Board recommendation to repair or replacement plans for seven tornado ravaged residential properties and a church in the Alger-Sullivan Historical District, which has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1989. The council’s approval was unanimous.

The historic district includes 45 buildings on about 230 acres, and is roughly bounded by Pinewood Avenue, Front Street, Jefferson Avenue, Church Street and Mayo Street. Numerous structures in the historic district were damaged or destroyed by the  EF-3 tornado that struck Century in February 2016.

The Architectural Review Board approved the replacement of six homes — located at 300, 307, 402, 403, 407 and 416 Front Street — and the repair of one home at 410 Front Street.

The board also signed off plans to reconstruct the 114-year old Century United Methodist Church, which was damaged beyond repair by the tornado. It is expected that the $550,000 project might be completed within nine months.

All of the replacement homes on Front Street will meet the neighborhood’s historical qualifications and will cost about $100,000 each. The homes are being paid for by with SHIP — State Housing Initiative Program — funds administered by Escambia County.

Pensacola architect Carter Quina designed the replacement homes to historically accurate with modern amenities and compliance for the disabled. He also designed the Century United Methodist Church project.

Click here for a previous article to learn more about the church project, photographs and architectural drawings.

Pictured top: Century United Methodist Lay Leader J.R. Jones, Rev. Janet Lee and architect Carter Quina discuss church reconstruction plans Thursday morning before the Century Architectural Review Board.  Pictured below: Plans for six homes to be replaced on Front Street. file photos, click to enlarge.


5 Responses to “Council Approves Plans To Rebuild Historic Homes, Church Ravaged By Tornado”

  1. Retired on June 21st, 2017 1:18 am

    Awesome!!! A lot of work and red tape to get these grants. Lots of patience for the home owners. May you be blessed.

  2. Carolyn Bramblett on June 20th, 2017 9:45 pm

    Is the “tornado victim” going to pay for the house?

  3. Jennifer on June 20th, 2017 9:33 pm

    These grants DO NOT RESTORE THEM BACK TO THE ORIGINAL STATE. My husband’s grandmother now deceased her home was damaged years ago but she was accepted for a grant that stated they can restore historical homes back. They lied!! The historical district of Century is becoming a low HUD house community. So sad!

  4. Tornado Victim on June 20th, 2017 11:44 am

    It’s pretty funny how when tax payer dollars are spent in Pensacola everyone is so thankful but if the money is spent on old historical houses in Century, that no insurance company would insure cause of how old they are.. people like u want to complain about it?!?! N just FYI the new houses were getting do not cost no $100,000!! We got hit by a tornado, it ain’t like we asked for it!!

  5. Carolyn Bramblett on June 20th, 2017 9:42 am

    Are these homes going to be owned by the State of Florida? A shocking waste of tax payer dollars. Public monies once again filling up the gravy train. Whoever owns the property ought to be responsible for themselves and the State cannot justify spending these dollars for even public use.

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