Created: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 06:07:00 EST
Updated: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:22:40 EST
Josh rodgers, executive director of historic macon is ready to let the money do the talking.If Tremont Temple Baptist church officials accept Historic Macon's matching offer to buy the building, Historic Macon promises to renovate instead of razing it.
"The current contract price is $190,000 dollars and we would be willing to offer an equal amount and close immediately," says Rodgers. "We believe it's going to take 50 or 60 thousand dollars to stabilize the church which would include putting a new roof on the building and correcting the termite damage."
Many are surprised to discover that non-church members seem more interested in preserving the building then the church congregation. Dr Andrew Mannis, history professor at middle georgia state college and ordained baptist minister, understands their position. "The church is the people, not the buildings. in terms of christian theology. that's no longer a church down there, its a building that used to be a church."
Dr Manis feels if the current propsective buyer outbids historic macon, it is unlikely the building will survive. He has not however,lost hope. "I'm not optimistic but if you don't throw out impossible ideas, possible ideas don't ever happen."