Hoodline is reporting this morning that the popular Church of 8 Wheels, a roller rink located in the the old Sacred Heart Church building at Fell and Fillmore Streets could have to move aside for a development that would include housing, retail, and community spaces.
The Catholic Archdiocese shut down the 117-year-old building in 2004 because they were unable to afford the seismic repairs it needed. Hoodline says that last week an entity known as 554 Fillmore Street LLC filed paperwork outlining plans to convert the former church into nine residential units and ground-floor commercial space with a 40-car garage in the basement level. The submitted drawings also include room for community and office spaces.
The paperwork, known as a Preliminary Project Assessment or PPA, is a way to get information from the Planning Department about the feasibility of the project, so there is likely a long way to go before the Church of 8 Wheels congregation would have to hang up their skates. Plus, the Hoodline report states that the deal is contingent on the building achieving Historic Landmark Status, a designation that could result in lower property taxes.
The Church of 8 Wheels was in the news last August, when Caitlyn Jenner's reality show (I am Cait) showed the celebrity lacing up and taking a turn on the floor.