March 2019: St. Luke the Evangelist Purchases Existing Building/Property
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH, our parish purchased an existing church building on 12 acres of property in Bainbridge Township. The parish closed on the purchase agreement at the end of January and received a conditional use permit from the Bainbridge Township zoning department.
The building and property were formerly owned by New Life Fellowship on 306/Chillicothe Rd. about 3/4 mi south of Hwy 422. For those familiar with local history will know that this was the original Holy Angels Catholic Church building.
This property came to the attention of our parish in early November 2018. At that time, the parish worked diligently on obtaining hierarchical approval, securing a mortgage from a bank, and working through all of the details involved with a real estate purchase.
The parish did not close on the property without incident, however. Pipes burst during the polar vortex at the end of January and water damage occurred in the church office area. The parish continues to work through the process of an insurance claim, cleanup, and remediating the damage.
At this point, the Parish Council plans on being in the building and offering our first services by Palm Sunday, Holy Week, & Pascha 2019.