The nonprofit group that has been working for over a year to move a historic Albany church a few miles down the road announced on Friday that it’s one step closer to its goal.
The Cumberland Events Center released a statement noting that, after a successful fundraising event hosted by Springhill Cellars, the nonprofit has secured funds to purchase the church’s new property.
For more than a year, the group has been attempting to move the historic church from its current location just down the road to 520 Pine St. After several presentations before the City Council, the group and the city came to an agreement: the nonprofit could have the church for a nominal fee if it could move it to a different city-owned property which the group agrees to purchase.
The new location is made up of four city parcels, the first of which will house the church after the group pays the city $69,000. The remaining three will be leased while construction and upgrades take place through the remainder of this year and next before also being purchased for $207,000.
“Although the pandemic has made fundraising more challenging, the group intends to reach its goal and relocate the building by next spring,” a statement from Cumberland Events Center read.
Once the church is moved to its new location, the city will allow the building to be purchased.
Plans for the church include a new life as a community events center.
“Once complete, the community events center will offer educational and enrichment programs with a focus on children and families,” the group said. “To ensure economic viability, the facility will also be available for rent and able to accommodate events ranging from business meetings to family gatherings such as weddings and reunions."