Reverend C. Jay Matthews Introduces Parishioners to a Nightmare

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Rysar Properties has made a name for itself in Central, and that’s not a good thing. Many of the people who bought into its Villages of Central development — a cluster of hundreds of federally-subsidized homes — quickly discovered that “affordable” translated into “falling apart.” Sinking porch steps, slanted driveways, and cracked walls became common complaints after just three or four years (“Things Fall Apart” May 10, 2006). In fact, Rysar’s reputation for shoddy construction and renovation stretches back decades to several neighborhoods in the area (“Man with a Past,” June 28, 2006). One might think our community’s esteemed religious leaders would steer their flock away from the company. But apparently the leaders of Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Central disagree. Rysar is now advertising its “Fourth Annual Fun Day,” to be held in the parking lot of the Woodland Avenue church in August. A model from Rysar’s Hill Place townhouse complex, near the church, will be on display. It’s unclear whether Mt. Sinai Pastor C. Jay Matthews, plans to bless the home. But you know Rysar will be thanking him later for any business the Holy Spirit provides. – Lisa Rab

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