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Downtown Augusta Baptist Church For Sale for $16 Million



Curtis Baptist Church which was founded in 1876 has placed its downtown Augusta, Ga campus on the market for sale. Asking price is $16,000,000.

The site located at 1348 Broad Street consists of 7.35 acres and over 150,000 square feet. Hyatt House’s new hotel is one block away from the church and...

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  1. Speculation does not equate to action. As far as I know (prove me wrong) there is no listing, no offer, and no acceptance. Members have been updated periodically regarding a “plan if action” for the future if one were deemed appropriate. I would suspect that any organization would be aware of potential plans for the future for the purpose of preparation. It sounds to me like someone has created a story without relevant facts, input, or sound basis.
    I am a member of Curtis Baptist Church, have served as School Board Chairman, and have read the comments on the Austin Rhoades Facebook post. Facts need to replace emotion, folks.
    I am not a spokesperson for the Church or for the School so I will not attempt to answer questions that proper authorities should address. I look forward to the facts coming to light. In the meantime it is “business as usual” at Curtis Baptist Church and School.

  2. Jim, I understand your question(s). This discussion among the Church members has been going on for some time with full disclosure among the membership. I still feel that it is appropriate for the Church leadership to address this issue for the public. My understanding is that future planning is being addressed with location one of the issues. This planning would naturally take into consideration the market value if existing structures and property. It is my understanding that the question was asked (I do not know by whom or to whom) if there would be any interest is the possibility if selling the property.
    Curtis Baptist Church has undergone such future planning in the past and decided to remain a downtown Church. There us nothing sinister about such discussion. At the time of my earlier response I was not aware that there was a listing of the property. Joe Edge provided me with a copy. I am not on the committee leading this study – but fully trust their motives. Nothing has been done “behind closed doors”.
    I personally believe that all options should be considered for future planning purposes. And, if there is a potential buyer, then that becomes part of the planning process.
    I spoke with the pastor, Dr. Mark Sterling, after I submitted my first response and he indicated that The Augusta Press had reached out to him for a comment; but, he wanted to first speak with the leadership before commenting.
    I hope that this addresses some of your questions or concerns. At the present time Curtis Baptist Church and School are operating as usual.

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