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Smyrna eyes purchase of First Baptist campus

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From the Henssler Financial Studios, this is your News Minute on the Marietta Daily Journal podcast presented by Engineered Solutions of Georgia. Today is Monday June 19th and I'm Brian Giffin
Smyrna First Baptist Church, known as the "rock chapel," is considering selling its downtown campus to the city of Smyrna, Georgia. The church, which will celebrate its centennial in 2024, plans to build a new campus nearby and use the proceeds from the sale to pay off its debt and fund the new construction. If approved, the city would acquire the nine-acre property for $15.8 million, while the church would purchase a city-owned property for $3.3 million. The city intends to redevelop the campus to expand downtown's commercial district, but the rock chapel would be preserved, possibly repurposed as a performing arts center. The deal requires approval from the City Council and the church members, who will vote on it in July. The transaction would provide financial stability for the church and allow the city to control the property for future development, attracting new businesses and generating property tax revenue.

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