Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Offers in on MCC-SF buildings; final deals expected soon

MCC-SF, a longtime spiritual home for many LGBTs, is being sold. Photo: Rick Gerharter

MCC-SF, a longtime spiritual home for many LGBTs, is being sold. Photo: Rick Gerharter

Metropolitan Community Church-San Francisco is close to finalizing sales of its Castro sanctuary and the adjacent apartment building, according to the Realtor handling the deals.

In an email exchange today (Friday, January 23), Katharine Holland, who listed the properties earlier this month, said, “Both properties are now in contract” with no financing, inspection, or other contingencies. Offers are no longer being accepted.

The sale on the church building at 150 Eureka Street is set to close Wednesday, February 4, and the deal on the 4-unit apartment building, at 138-140 Eureka, is expected to be final Wednesday, February 11, Holland said.

She couldn’t yet disclose the bidders or the sales prices. The properties are still in escrow.

Five offers were made this past Wednesday on the church, and there were 10 offers on the occupied 4-unit apartment building. All the offers were over the asking prices, Holland said. The church listed the sanctuary at about $2 million and the apartment building at approximately $1.5 million.

“[W]e had two offers from people that wanted to buy both properties,” Holland said. “Those offers were not successful.”

In a separate email, Jan Corlett, MCC-SF’s board treasurer, said, “We are very pleased that we had offers over the asking price.  As Katherine has said, we cannot comment on the bidders until escrow closes in a few weeks.” Corlett added that it’s “a very exciting time for us as we transition to new worship space on Polk Street. We are changing our place of worship, but not our commitment to the LGBT community and the Castro.”

MCC-SF, which for decades has been the spiritual home of many of San Francisco’s LGBTs, is planning to move in with First Congregational Church on Polk Street because it would take too much money to fix the crumbling, 114-year-old building at 150 Eureka.

The Reverend Robert Shively, MCC-SF’s senior pastor, has acknowledged the possibility of the neighboring apartment tenants being evicted, but he recently said selling both the buildings gives the church “the best opportunity for the future.”

— Seth Hemmelgarn, January 23, 2015 @ 4:07 pm PST
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