A Clayton church will use money from a recent land sale to help reshape its campus near downtown.
In February, Hocutt Baptist Church sold 34 acres along City Road for a 330-unit subdivision called ParkView.
The church bought 28 of the 34 acres in 2004 for $374,000 and got the rest in a donation three years later. The idea was to use the land for a new church home.
But after changes in staff and the general make-up of the congregation, the church reevaluated that plan, said Howard Satterfield, a church member who handled the land sale.
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Hocutt Baptist compared how much it would cost to move versus build new at its current location at the corner of Robertson and Horne streets. Just doing half a phase on City Road would have cost more than the total project downtown, Satterfield said.
“It was a no-brainer,” Satterfield said. “We revamped and decided to sit on the (City Road) property.”
Hocutt put the land up for sale in 2013. The church heard from sporting groups, developers and individuals, but the only group that followed through was City Road LLC.
City Road LLC is registered to James Lipscomb, the co-owner of HomeTowne Realty in Clayton.
Lipscomb said he put the deal together with the church as developer Reid Smith was planning a new subdivision.
After the Town Council signed off on Smith’s master plan for ParkView earlier this year, City Road LLC closed on the land for about $438,000, according to land records.
Lipscomb said he will handle real estate sales in ParkView, a neighborhood he said is poised to succeed.
“That piece of land is tied to downtown,” Lipscomb said. “It’s almost like a downtown neighborhood.”
As for the church, Satterfield said the money from the sale will go a long way in helping remake the existing campus. He said the church has outgrown most of its buildings, which include a sanctuary, multipurpose building, an annex and an education building.
To create more space, the church has bought multiple houses nearby. Today, Hocutt Baptist owns most of the block bounded by Robertson, Second, Ellington and Horne streets.
Satterfield said one of the church’s redevelopment plans includes razing the sanctuary and building a larger one. That plan also calls for razing the houses to make room for education programs.
“We just want to start taking down some of the old and build back more efficiently,” Satterfield said.
“We want to be a mission-oriented church,” Satterfield said. “Once we grow to a point where we are doing a lot of missions, we think the church will grow. Hopefully we will be able to handle the people coming in the doors.”
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