Construction of sixty townhouses on four acres of land adjoining the southern property line of the church has begun. These buildings will come within 16 feet of the property line, 17'6" of the nearest grave and within 100 yards of the church itself. The space between the housing and the church is open but occupied by burial sites, making it impossible for the church association to use the space for screening with plants except in the 18 inch space between the graves and property line.
Protective strategies for Saint Luke's, including the existing county historic district which extends for 1/4 mile around the Church, have proved inadequate. Local citizens have suggested extension of the Historic District to 1/2 mile around Saint Luke's, but of its immediate neighbors, including assorted small businesses and residences, a Methodist Church is the only actual property use that would be compatible with the historic district. A couple of sand pit companies and a trailer park in the vicinity of Saint Luke's are screened by scrub and trees.