Claremont Sells Historic Church for $700

Aug 11, 2017

The former Unitarian Universalist Church in Claremont, NH
Credit By AlexiusHoratius (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

A historic church in Claremont that’s been vacant for years will soon open its doors once again. The church dates back to the 19th century and occupies a prime spot in Claremont’s downtown historic district.

It was owned by the city. but the cost of keeping up the property was simply too high, and it wasn’t being put to use. So, Claremont put it out to bid and got a single offer, from lake Sunapee Baptist Church of Newport.

They settled on a price of $700, a tiny fraction of the property’s approximately $240,000 value.

But Claremont Planning and Economic Development Director Nancy Merill said  it’s worth for the city. "It's a beautiful historic church and we're just so pleased that someone's going to fix it up and maintain it," she said.