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I’ll trade you 3 acres for 23 acres & $1.4 million! OK parish makes land deal

I’ll trade you 3 acres for 23 acres & $1.4 million! OK parish makes land deal

logoSt Mary’s Episcopal Church in Edmond OK sits on 3 acres of land. The original building dates back to the 1970s and has had a couple renovations since originally built. The property is also landlocked with no room for expansion and members having to use other folk’s nearby parking lots. Additionally, when the parish school outgrew the church location it was located some distance from the church building in Edmond.

The church’s property butts up against the land occupied by the University of Central Oklahoma. In conjunction with their current rector, the Revd Mark Story, the church board and congregation were strongly considering yet another renovation of their current property. They had even commissioned architectural plans. Before taking the final plunge, the church leadership decided to approach the UCO to see if the university had an interest in acquiring their property. UCO had through the years purchased other properties adjacent to the edges of the university and although surprised by the church approaching the university with the idea, was happy to consider acquiring the property. What the university proposed was to swap the current church property for 23 acres of university land which just happened to be near the parish’s St Mary’s Episcopal School. The new property will now provide sufficient parking for the parish.

The new location is north of the current location. In the past when the parish had considered relocating to the north, there was opposition to the proposal that deeply divided the congregation and caused some members to leave the parish. This time it was a welcome and unanimous decision. The parish and UCO have signed a letter of intent and are now awaiting the completion of the title search before finalizing and closing the deal. The parish and the university have agreed to swap the 3 acres for 23 acres and $1.4 million. The rector says that the new building they will consider for the property will likely be smaller than their present building, but much more suited to their current needs.

Information for this story was gathered from NewsOK.
The main image is the current worship space of St Mary’s Episcopal Church. The image and the logo are from the parish website.

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Paul Woodrum

With 23 acres, a cemetery could be created. Death is always a steady business. And please, if a new church is to be built, hire a liturgical consultant as well as an architect. Most architects know little about how churches function liturgically, and parishioners tend to think more in terms of style than of liturgical function.

Leslie Scoopmire

Is this supposed to be “Edmond” rather than “Edmonds?” Edmond is a suburb of Oklahoma City– which would be where the University of Central Oklahoma is located.

[Thanks. Editor]

Mark Story

We’re going to use the extra land to graze our herd of bison.

Jay Croft

Any Episcopal church that needs 23 acres for parking has my profound admiration.

Michael Hartney

And what about the $1.4M? The University pays Saint Mary’s, too?

Michael Hartney

The answer to my own question from the OKNews story:
The congregation of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church has decided to swap its 3 acres of property at 325 E. First to adjacent UCO in exchange for 23 acres of property near Broadway and Covell Road, plus $1.4 million.

Such a deal.

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