St. Stephen\u2019s South Hall \u2014 a gray three-story house south of the church\u2019s sanctuary on Main Street \u2014 doesn\u2019t serve enough functions to really justify its upkeep costs, according to church leaders, so they\u2019ve been looking into whether they might want to sell it. \u201cWe\u2019re exploring the viability of selling South Hall,\u201d the Rev. Whitney Altopp, St. Stephen\u2019s pastor, told The Press. News of the discussion triggered an avalanche of social media chatter suggesting various potential scenarios should the building be sold \u2014 enough so that church leaders are meeting tonight (Monday June 10) to discuss the situation. On Facebook, supporters of Ridgefield Voters United, an alliance of groups concerned about development, posted: \u201cSt. Stephen\u2019s Church to sell South Hall? A new 8-30g project? A huge apartment building right in the heart of town? A large hotel?\u201d The minutes of the May 28 vestry meeting outline some steps being taken to look into the possibility of sale \u201crestricted or otherwise.\u201d Some residents who chimed-in on the 35-comment thread on the town Facebook group raised concern about a passage in the minutes, in which the church leaders agreed to apply for an approval of the reconfigured campus from the Planning and Zoning commission ahead of a July cutoff date when future applications will also have to be heard by a separate Inland Wetlands Board. \u201cIt was the group\u2019s consensus to make application to P&Z by the end of July to navigate existing and known processes for approval,\u201d the vestry minutes said. Sale? The discussion does not mean South Hall has been, or will be, sold \u2014 there are lots of steps and levels of review required. And local church leaders aren\u2019t even sure they want to sell it. But they are exploring a sale, and have been working with an attorney and an architect and local planning and zoning officials about the approvals that would be necessary for a sale. And they\u2019re trying to determine what the costs would be, and how those weigh against the potential market value of South Hall. Rev. Altopp emphasized the several procedural hurdles \u2014 and votes by different bodies, including the parsh itself \u2014 \u00a0that would be required for any sale of a part of the church\u2019s campus. \u201cWe hold the property in trust of the Episcopal Diocese (The Episcopal Church in Connecticut). \u00a0So, there are several significant steps between now and putting the property up for sale,\u201d Altopp said. \u201cFirst we have to do all of the research. Second, the vestry, after looking at the research will determine whether or not to recommend to the parish the sale of the property. Third, it has to go before a vote of the parish. Fourth, if that vote passes, we have to get permission from our diocesan leadership.\u201d Church leaders want to figure out if a sale makes sense. \u201cWe are exploring whether or not the sale of South Hall is a good idea,\u201d Altopp said.