An offer from Grace Valley Church to purchase the 147-year-old Knox Presbyterian Church has been accepted, with a closing date of March 31, 2022.
Grace Valley’s Paul Vanden Brink and Knox’s Penny Garrison both confirmed the deal on Wednesday, December 22 – less than two weeks after the 23 Melville St. property was officially listed for sale.
“We are delighted and excited to see what God has in store for us as we occupy this historic property this spring,” said Vanden Brink.
He didn’t have more details on the sitemaps and potential partnerships to use and maintain it.
“We haven’t had time to explore the options at this point,” said Vanden Brink. “We have a lot of hopes and dreams around using this property to bless the neighborhood and Dundas as a whole, but we are far from getting it all. “
He said Grace Valley was preparing to make an offer to Knox officials for the 1.54 acre property and three historic buildings in the Cross-Melville Heritage District on December 17.
“If our offer was successful, our intention would be to continue the legacy Knox started 190 years ago,” Vanden Brink said on December 16.
Knox issued a statement on December 22 confirming the deal with Grace Valley, which has leased premises in Knox in recent years.
“Multiple offers were received on the property and all of them were given serious consideration based on the following criteria: intended use of the property, compatibility with the heritage district and benefit to the community as a whole,” the statement continued.
“Price was also a consideration, of course, but not the determining factor in choosing a buyer. Knox is happy with the end result. We were able to honor the rich 190-year history and dedicated service of those who came before us, while preserving the site as a place of worship and community.
“Meanwhile, the Knox congregation is busy developing a new plan to continue its ministry and mission to the community of Dundas. “
Shortly before officially listing the property, Knox representatives spoke to the Dundas Star News about the sale and their search for an offer with plans that match the historic structures, the surrounding heritage district and the goals of the property. church itself.
“If we don’t find the right one (offer), we don’t mind saying no, not right now,” said Rev. David Moody, a “replant pastor” who is assisting Knox with his transition. “We are not doing it under any deadline.”
Moody said Knox was spending more energy on bricks and mortar than on serving the community.
“It’s not a question of money for us. It’s about getting the right fit, ”Moody said. “It’s not (a) structure that you’re going to tear down and build a condo. It’s not that kind of site. There is not much you can do.
Reverend Penny Garrison, who served Knox for eight years, said the congregation was not dissolving and would continue to serve Dundas, without the Melville Street property. What this will look like has not been decided.
In addition to being in the Cross-Melville Heritage District, Knox Presbyterian Church is neighborhood institutional zoned, allowing for a variety of uses – including a museum, daycare, place of worship, refuge. emergency, retirement home, residential care facility, duplex accommodation, semi-detached and single-detached house. Zoning sets requirements according to use, and a maximum capacity of 15 residents in retirement homes or in EHPADs.
Zoning is intended to provide appropriate, non-disruptive, small-scale facilities. within an existing neighborhood. Any residential development must be consistent with the existing form of housing in the region.
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