For lack of space, we plan to begin two services October 7… unless God opens the door somewhere else. And we are looking.
One possibility is the building to the right (though probably not prior to October 7). If you were to draw a target over a map of St-Jérôme, this old theater would be in the bulls-eye. It has 7,000 square feet per story (2 stories in all), with a far from finished basement. Much renovation would be needed.
The building currently houses half-finished, but functional, woman’s clothing store.
Here’s a general timeline of events up to this point:
- Spring 2011: We walked in and asked if they would like to sell (It wasn’t for sale at that point). After several weeks of discussion, they wanted $900,000+. We let it be.
- Autumn 2011: The building went on the market officially for $765,000. We met with their agent, but when also considering the needed renovation, the price was still too high.
- Summer 2012: They changed agents. The price also decreased to $695,000, where it stands today.
- Autumn 2012: ???
All agree that $800,000 would be a fair total price (including the cost of renovations). We are praying that they lower their price a little more, giving us the financial leeway for renovations. So if anyone selling the building reads this blog… there you have it. Our prayers are clear.
The challenge? We’d still have to find $800,000.
After many strategic phone calls, I have a notebook full of ideas. However, if God wants us to have that building, He’ll provide the means as well.
Thank you for praying with us!