Sunset Hills Church to Convert Old Mehlville Firehouse Into Rectory

The city’s planning and zoning commission recommended Gateway House of Prayer’s request to convert the space into a living quarters for clergy and temporary staff at House No. 3.

The ’s old House No. 3’s bunkers are a good size for rectory bedrooms, according to the pastor of Gateway House of Prayer.

The MFPD okayed a $200,000 sale of the firehouse to the church last month. Sunset Hills planning and zoning commission members recently recommended a request by the church to use their new property as a primary living quarters.

Pastor Jeff Rittering said in order to “accommodate continual prayer” at the church, 4646 Lindbergh Blvd., the rectory will house staff members and those serving at internship status at 11625 Sappington Barracks Rd. Rittering and his wife house some of the current participants in their home.

“We’re trying to kick those people out,” he jested.

The building includes four bunk rooms, a kitchen, dining room, and lounge. As it stands there are 24 beds, but Rittering said they would focus on a lower number of occupants with “more comfortable” quarters. Building plans have not been finalized, but he said he’s met with architects to discuss what renovations are required for the space. A fire truck bay could be converted to a bedroom, if needed, he said.

Rittering expects at least six will stay during the first year. His wife, director Tammy Rittering, explained that temporary residents (like those at internship status) would attend services, perform community outreach, and attend classes for six-month periods.

The Mehlville Fire Protection District will determine an occupancy limit, according to Public Works Director Anne Lamitola. The Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen will review the church's request at a future meeting.


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