Raleigh’s Vintage Church plans to buy Long View Center

November 17, 2013 by  

According to Tyler Jones, lead pastor of Vintage Church, the organization plans to buy Long View Center if it can raise the funds it needs to complete the transaction. The purchase is in lieu of building a new structure, as was originally planned.

In order to finish the transaction, Vintage will pay developer Gordon Smith III $2.2m in cash, and also transfer the deed to property the church owns on New Bern Avenue. Once the site of the Raleigh Rescue Mission, the property cost Vintage $1.7m but is now vacant. This is the location on which Vintage planned to build, but Pastor Jones says buying Long View makes more sense, since the existing building is larger than anything it could have constructed.

In order to finalize the transaction, Vintage, which has a contract to purchase Long View until December 30, needs $400,000, but was over halfway there by the start of November. It has until December 1 to raise the money, and Pastor Jones is positive the group will be able to raise the remaining funds.

If successful, vintage will acquire both the Long View sanctuary and its annex; the sanctuary has historic significance, and was built in 1880. As part of the purchase, Vintage has agreed to allow Long View to remain a locale at which concerts and other live music events can take place. Pastor Jones is enthusiastic about these events, noting that they benefit Raleigh and fit in well with the church’s plans for the site.

Vintage could work with brochure printers to create a mailer, explaining the project and asking for donations.