Iconic downtown church offered for sale

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With typical Sunday attendance at around 50 congregants, Central United Church is putting its iconic downtown building up for sale and looking for a new home in Sault Ste. Married.

Built between 1910 and 1911 at 160 Spring St. on land donated by Francis H. Clergue, the 14,725-square-foot sandstone structure will list on MLS Monday with an asking price of $799,900.

“It was a very, very difficult decision,” said Diane Marshall, chairwoman of the church board.

Central United has about 120 supporters, struggling to cover annual gas bills between $17,000 and $18,000 and PUC electric and water bills ranging from $4,800 to $8,800 a year.

“We’re a small congregation. It’s expensive to maintain, and we have such a small group. We had to do something,” Marshall said. SooToday.

“We came to this after a lot of deliberation and soul-searching.”

“A lot of our members have been here for 50 years. It’s quite upsetting and very sad.”

“Our plan is that we will continue to be a congregation and worship together in another setting. We will continue as a Central United congregation.”

So far, no decision has been made on a new home for the remaining members.

“We just don’t know what the outcome will be. It’s possible that whoever buys it, maybe if they weren’t using the church on Sunday mornings, we could still get together and praise the church new owners,” says Marshall.

“It is a beautiful heritage building. It has a majestic pipe organ and a beautiful and glorious sanctuary that seats many people and has marvelous acoustics.”

“The building has so much charm and character,” adds listing agent James Caicco of Century 21 Choice Realty Inc.

“In the past six years I’ve sold five churches. You’re starting to get a good idea of ​​what the future use will be. In this case, I’m not sure. The future use could be a similar institutional use or could be converted back to commercial or multi-residential.”

“I think it will generate some interest from the market,” Caicco said.

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