COGIC breaks ground on new housing development Downtown

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Church of God in Christ broke ground Tuesday on a new housing project in Downtown Memphis.

COGIC is set to build 20 new housing units for the project, according to a release from the organization.

COGIC held a dedication and groundbreaking ceremony at 291 E. Pontotoc Avenue.

The organization previously added 77 housing units known as Mason Homes on Fourth Street.

According to the release, the new development will add 20 homes to the Pontotoc Avenue development known as Owens Place Townhomes.

The development currently has 81 units.

Bishop J. Drew Sheard, who was elected Presiding Bishop by the Church’s delegates in March, said, “Memphis is our home and has been since 1907. We have a commitment to improving the opportunities for the residents of Memphis. The Church of God in Christ is committed to adding affordable housing to the Memphis market.”

COGIC was founded in 1907 by Bishop Charles Harrison Mason and headquartered in Memphis, the release said.

It is one of the oldest Pentecostal denominations in the world.

Tuesday night, Bishop J. Drew Sheard will be installed as the Presiding Bishop for COGIC.

The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at the Temple of Deliverance COGIC, 369 G.E. Patterson Ave., according to the release.