￼ATHENS — Efforts are being made to restore the old church where R.E.M. had its first show.
Last year, the nonprofit Nuci’s Space launched a 60-day crowdfunding campaign aimed at restoring the steeple.
In 2013, Nuci’s Space acquired the steeple from its previous owners, Steeplechase Condominiums. ￼
The executive director of the nonprofit says there have been no surprises so far, but they have found a raccoon living in the structure.