Our church is a land locked church. We are on a corner lot and the back is parking lot.
Last summer we discovered that a neighboring lot had a house on it that was being condemned. The city then had it torn down. A month or so later they got in touch with us and asked us if we wanted to buy the lot.
I believe that anytime a land locked church can get property, it is something to seriously consider. The questions, always, is price.
Well, they wanted to sell it to us for $500.
Yup, $500 for the lot. How could we go wrong. So we jumped on it.
Then we discovered the joy of red tape. Turns out the house was demolished with federal funds, so there was a stipulation about who could buy the property, and the church wasn't eligible.
So the lot sat there. We talked about a lease with the city, but nothing came of it. It was just a vacant lot that the city had to care for.
Last week we got an e-mail from the city - and the requirements had changed. Now the church was eligible to buy the lot and they asked if we were still interested. The purchase price was the same, $500.
Within 48 hours we had all of the paperwork signed and sent back to the city. It should be ours officially in a month or so.
There are so many different possibilities with what we can do with that lot - green space for the kids, BBQ's, volleyball tourney, and list goes on and on.
I love it when things come together.