Nearly two years after the deadly fire of November 2013, St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church is coming close to rebuilding on the site of its former rectory.
The city approved a request this week for the church to erect picket fencing along Baltimore Avenue, surrounding the area where the rectory had stood prior to the tragic blaze that claimed the life of the church’s pastor.
Reconstruction inside the fenced footprint could begin later this year.
“We are in our third iteration of plans with [architects] Becker Morgan and we’ve tasked them to come up with an updated version for us, which we will be briefing our vestry on in the near future,” said Tom Shuster, a member of the church’s reconstruction committee. “We’re almost to the point where we may be asking Becker Morgan for construction drawings so we can submit for a building permit.”