It’s been three years since First Baptist Church moved from its site on Broadway and North Fourth Street to its new location on the Danville bypass. While most of the structures on the property were razed to make room for the expansion of the Boyle County Public Library, a 50-year-old remnant of the church still remains. And it’s a remnant the church is still trying to sell.
The old three-story, 18,000-square-foot structure, which faces North Fourth, served for five decades as the education building for the church. It has been for sale since 2007, and Prudential is the Realtor.
“Our initial asking price was $600,000, but we have gone down to $475,000,” said Robert Davenport, a First Baptist trustee and treasurer.
Church leaders thought they had a buyer early on in its effort to sell the building, Davenport said. “When the city of Danville was making plans for a new city hall, we talked to them about buying our old education building,” he said. “We thought the city would take it but they decided they wanted to explore other options.”