Sackville group hopes to buy landmark church
United Church is for sale for $1 but new owner will be required to move it
A Sackville landmark is for sale for a loonie.
The United Church at the corner of York and Main streets is about 135 years old. It seats 1,200 people and the building boasts intricate woodwork, stained glass windows and a classic pipe organ.
"It's part of the skyline of the town," said group member Michael Fox. "It's part of the identity of the downtown.
"So people in the community have been very concerned to preserve the building, to perhaps repurpose it," he said. "It's integrity is still there. It's a wonderful space. It's got beautiful acoustics."
John Duchemin is another group member who wants the building to be used by the citizens of Sackville.
"It was central to life in Sackville for many, many years," he said.
Realtor Mary Sears says whoever buys the church for $1 will encounter others costs.
And there is the cost of moving the church as the owner wants the buyer to move the large building at the buyer's expense.
However, Fox and Duchemin still hold out hope that the community can buy the church and keep it where it is.
"That would be our dream," said Fox.
"Yup, if we can raise the funds we would like to buy it and take over all the efforts to save the church," said Duchemin
The property has been on the market since last week.