LOCK HAVEN – East Main Street United Methodist Church, located at 507 E. Main St., was auctioned for $ 50,000 on September 11 to four local businessmen.
The pending owners including Bobby Maguire, Micah Clausen, Brady Carnahan and John Gradel have come together to invest in the property, as they share the common inclination to make investments beneficial to the community.
“I am just delighted to have young, bright and ambitious partners, who have collectively invested not only their time as volunteers, but also their time to invest in the community” said Bobby Maguire.
Investors are also inviting the community to provide ideas on reallocating the vacant church, in a way that would best benefit the area.
“All over the country, churches are used for homes and for business operations. Some of them have been turned into high-end restaurants with liquor licenses, and some have been turned into beautiful residential places ”, said Bobby Maguire.
The church, well equipped for festive gatherings or non-profit events, has a large commercial kitchen, a spacious social hall, eight offices and a sanctuary with high ceilings and intricate Victorian stained glass windows .
Over a century old, the church was built in 1893. It was once a sister church to the Faith United Methodist Church in Castanea, and was recently used by the River of Life Fellowship Church.
“We realize this is sacred ground with many people attending. We take this into account strongly in everything we do with it ”, said Micah Clausen.
The sanctuary also has a baby grand piano, an organ, a sound system and a large cinema screen.
To reach out to investors with their feedback on how the space could benefit the community, email [email protected] or visit them on Facebook.