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Every dreamed of living in or owning a historic church? Or how about just owning twenty five parking space in Newport? Here’s an exciting opportunity to purchase a 11,091 sq.ft. church on Rhode Island Avenue in Newport.
The church, which was built in 1888, saw an addition in the back of the building in 1966 that is now used for offices, classrooms, meeting rooms and has a fully functioning kitchen. The building has received a major electrical upgrade, 3 new boilers, central air and the slate roof has been maintained.
The property is located in the R10, Historic District. The R-10 zone allows for up to nine residential units with a Special Use permit (see City of Newport Zoning Code for conditions).
CrossPoint Church is selling this building in order to expand and serve the community in a much wider way, according to the Kirby Properties listing.
“CrossPoint Church is in the process of revising our vision as a community church. As the church as a whole is in transition with less people attending Sunday services nationwide we need to reassess our effectiveness. That means we need to re-engage the community where they are versus where we want them to be,” Dr. Stephen A. Robinson, Sr. Pastor – CrossPoint Church told What’sUpNewp.
According to CrossPoint’s website, Pastor Steve and Mary Robinson began the church in 1999, what started as New Beginnings Praise and Worship Center has become CrossPoint Church. Starting in a community center, then on to a former Jewish Synagogue, before purchasing the former Episcopalian Church in June 2008.
According to city records the property was purchased on June 11, 2008 for $1.1 million.
“The selling of our church is one step towards that process. The second step after the sale of the building is to either purchase a new facility or partner with an existing one that allows us to have more contact within the communities of Newport County”, Robinson continued. “Because our vision includes helping families with children, caring for the less fortunate, and the elderly we believe we could better service the community if we could relocate where they live like the North End of Newport”.
Robinson concluded, “At one time the church was the community center but as times have change the church has become more inward focus than outward focus thereby limiting our ability to help those with both spiritual and natural needs. So we are selling our property to become more involved within community”.
The property, which is listed by Kirby Properties, is on the market for $2,000,000. The City of Newport assessment of the property totals $2,099,400 ($1,790,700 in improvements, $308,600 in land). See the City of Newport’s assessment of the property here.
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