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Sackville, New Brunswick Church On Sale For $1 (PHOTOS)

02/20/2014 12:35 EST
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We've heard of houses going on sale for $1, but a church? Talk about a deal made in heaven!

The 135-year-old Sackville United Church building has gone into disrepair and is officially on the market for pocket change. The building is 6,000 square feet in size, has stained glass windows, cathedral ceilings, a pipe organ and a sanctuary on its second level.

But of course, there's a catch. The owners, developers Joe and John Lafford, want the buyer to put up the cost of moving it.

And that condition has some community members worried. Michael Fox and John Duchemin are part of a group that hopes to buy the church and keep it where it is, CBC News reported.

Check out photos of the Sackville United Church:

Sackville, New Brunswick Church For $1

"It's part of the skyline of the town," Fox told the network.

"Its integrity is still there. It's a wonderful space. It's got beautiful acoustics."

The buyer won't just have to pay to move the church, either. The building also needs a new roof, some plastering and possibly some electrical work, realtor Mary Sears said.

Efforts to save the church stretch back to at least October, when preservation architect Chris Borgal pleaded with Sackville town council to restore the building, estimating repair costs at anywhere between $100,000 and $150,000, The Sackville Tribune-Post reported.

As it stands, the church no longer has a congregation. Rev. Catherine Smith told the Tribune-Post that people who used to attend the church are now holding Sunday worship at the Mount Allison University chapel.

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