Alachua County Commission opt not to purchase High Springs church building

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 5:54 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - The Alachua County Commission is passing on the opportunity to buy a former church building in High Springs.

The commission voted to let the option to purchase the Fellowship Baptist Church expire.

Commissioners want to buy a building in the area to serve as a resource center, but ultimately the decision came down to the $3.3 million price tag for the 35,000 square-foot building.

The commission proposed buying the church for 1.9 million dollars but did not hear back from the seller.

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“With that one million dollars difference in cost, we could put probably ten families in houses, we could repair roads, we could add emergency services to the north side of the county which they need. I think about all the other things that one million dollars could do and I could not, with any conscience, recommend spending anything outside of what it’s appraised,” said County Commissioner Mary Alford at the meeting.

Commissioners said they will reconsider buying the building if the seller comes down on the price.

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