Church in talks to buy former American Standard site
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 (link to story is http://www.martinsvillebulletin.com/article.cfm?ID=37382)
The Community Fellowship Church in Collinsville is in contract negotiations for a new home, according to Michael Harrison, lead pastor."We have a contract and are negotiating" certain items in the contract, and "hope to move forward," Harrison said Monday of negotiations on the former American Standard Building Systems property.
The new property is needed for growth, Harrison said.
"The current place we are in Collinsville offers limited growth" potential, he said.
From its current base of operations, the church operates a number of programs, including a food and clothing ministry and a back to school event that attracts hundreds of participants each year, he said.
"Our byline is demonstrating the love of God to our community," Harrison said. The property being considered offers room to expand those programs and further demonstrate that love, he added.
"We have looked and we have prayed" before deciding on the new property, he said, adding that the property also is in need of a caretaker.
"It also has great possibilities" to expand "our clothing ministry, our ministry to feed people, and the back to school" event, Harrison said.
The new property will not only allow expansion of those programs, but also will provide space that allows members "to serve more people, have a larger sanctuary and to shoot for the moon," Harrison said.
"Our vision to is touch the world through Christ and the only way to do that is to have the resources and the facilities to do so," Harrison said.
He does not know when negotiations may be completed, and declined to discuss further details until the sale is finalized.
However, Harrison said the property under contract is for the church and its operations, after a failed bid in 2011 to buy property in Bassett in hopes of building a homeless shelter for those in need in a project undertaken by the Community Dream Center, which is affiliated with the church.
But Harrison noted Monday that the property now under consideration is "(for) the church. This is the church."
The building was damaged by vandals in August, and each window of the office portion of the 140,000 square-foot structure was smashed and offices were ransacked, according to previous Bulletin reports.
Walls also were defaced, ceiling tiles were torn down, electrical wiring ripped out and electrical junction boxes either were removed or destroyed.
The property was listed with Barnett Commercial Realty at $799,000, according to previous reports.