Crystal church interested in community center property

By Jessica Beery • Last Updated 5:30 pm on Thursday, September 22, 2011

Daily News/Jessica Dudenhofer Crystal Congregational Church has expressed interest in purchasing some of the empty property behind their building, currently owned by the township as Crystal Community Center land.

CRYSTAL — Crystal Township is considering an offer from Crystal Congregational Church to purchase part of the Crystal Community Center land located west of the church.
The land was part of the playground when the community center was Crystal Elementary School. It now is open as a field and playground area for the public.

The congregational church, located at 300 S. Main St., has been in the community for more than 125 years. The church expressed interest in purchasing the school when it closed two years ago.
Carson City-Crystal Area Schools decided to sell the property to Crystal Township for $1, with the agreement that the building would be used for the benefit of the entire community.
Since then, the township offices have been relocated to the building. Many of the rooms have been repurposed for meetings and storage facilities for a variety of organizations.
Crystal Congregational Church’s pastor, Ried Martin, said his congregation is still interested in some of the playground and open area below the church.
Crystal Township Supervisor Charlie Braman said the township is considering the church’s offer to purchase the land, but will reserve the right to determine how much, if any, land would be sold.
“And we would have to take bids on it,” Braman said. “We’d want to sell it to the highest bidder.”
Martin said the church has no immediate plans for the property if the township makes it available. But church leaders are interested in it for possible expansion later.
“We’re experiencing growth in the church and we might use it for more parking, etc.,” he said.
Braman said the township will discuss the idea at future meetings, but he’s hesitant to sell property that neighborhood children enjoy.
“It’s nice to see during the summer months and even now with school going on that there are still lots of kids coming down to use the playground,” he said. “We’d hate to see that go just to sell the property.”
Crystal Township’s next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at the community center.

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