A commercial development firm based in Georgia has asked members of a well-used Oak Ridge church if they would be willing to relocate, moving away from a busy intersection where a shopping center is planned.
The board of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church has agreed to have the congregation consider the offer, which was proposed by Blanchard and Calhoun of Augusta, Ga., minister Jake Morrill said Friday.
“A decision like this could only be made by the congregation,” he said.
The 250-member congregation could consider the proposal this fall, although no decision date has been set, Morrill said.
The church is located on 3.6 acres just east of the intersection of Oak Ridge Turnpike and Illinois Avenue. Besides church functions, it’s also used for a variety of community events, including Rotary Club and League of Women Voters meetings.
Morrill said no potential sales price has been mentioned, and the offer is still in the early stages.
“They’re just wondering if it would be possible,” he said.
He said the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church was built in 1956. A 1997 expansion added an entryway and sanctuary.