Historic Phoenix church plans to raze trees, buildings for gated development

By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times

A historic Alhambra church is planning to raze its parking lot, several buildings, and the 50-year-old pine trees around them to make way for a gated community of 34 single-family homes.

Until last week, residents in the neighborhood had no idea this project was in the works.\

Now that they’ve found out, a number of them are furious that they received no notice from Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church.

“I’m really not happy about the way this whole thing has been handled,” Elayne Jackson said. She and her husband, Chris, have lived in their home just north of the church for 25 years.

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