Originally Temple Oaks Baptist Church only wanted to sell 79,000 square feet of its property near West 34th Street and Oak Forest Drive. Temple Oaks’ Brother Sam Parker said the church wanted to finance a remodeling and renovation project for the remaining property. Now, Parker says the whole property, which is 4 acres, was under contract and that the church is dissolving.
Vice President Tommy LeBlanc at Avison Young confirmed that the price for 79,000 square feet was $32.50 per square foot, or $2.5 million. Parker declined to name the purchase price or the buyer at this time, although he said the developer planned a shopping center.
“We had very fine people who [went to church] here,” said Parker. “But because of a lack of people we decided to sell.”
One member says that the last service will be Sunday, January 21, and that existing members had been researching new church homes.
Parker said that when church leadership voted on the sale, they also voted on “like-minded organizations” to receive the proceeds from the sale. He said that since the church is a 501(c)(3), the money from the sale was to go to similar non-profits. Parker declined to name those organizations at this time.
“No individual is going to get the money,” he said. “People think church members are going to divide it up and that is not true.”
Temple Oaks had leased one of the eastern buildings to Iglesia Bautista Mana, an Hispanic church who has services there. MANNA also leases space from Temple Oaks Baptist Church for their food pantry.
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