In 2003, construction work on Martin Luther Jr. Parkway and I-235 necessitated explosives for demolition of the bridges near the church. These dynamite explosions caused some cracking in the plaster, creating fear that the structure had been compromised.

One Sunday morning, parishioners arrived only to be shewed away under the suspicions that the church was now unsafe. Quite a show was put on to force the construction companies and the city to pay for repairing church. Lawsuits was filed claiming damages were caused by demolition explosions. Retrospect points to some of the damage being caused by the explosions, but primarily exasperating problems that already existed due to deferred maintenance. Later that year, at the leading of their pastor, the congregation abandoned the church and the property.