For more than five years, Elston Collins has been a member of the St. Mark United Methodist Church at the corner of Fifth and Peachtree streets.
That is, until now.
Collins resigned from the congregation in protest of the church’s desire to demolish three historic buildings along Juniper Street and to replace them with a surface parking lot.
"It’s really disappointing for me on lots of fronts," said Collins, who also serves as president of the Midtown Neighbors Association. "Neighbors couldn’t believe my church was doing this."