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Downtown Akron church sold after seven years on the market; Burning Bush congregation is buyer

By Katie Byard Published: March 30, 2017

After seven years on the market, the old High Street Christian Church in downtown Akron has finally been sold.

The church — which at one point was slated to be bought by developers who planned to tear it down to make way for a hotel — was sold to A Touch of Heaven Ministries and will be used as a church.

Touch of Heaven’s Burning Bush Church now meets at 1104 Johnston St., off South Arlington Street, south and east of downtown. Touch of Heaven will put this building, on the market. The congregation purchased the Johnston Street property, a former Salvation Army facility, in 2012. .

The purchase price of the 131 S. High Street property -- near Akron City Hall -- was not immediately available. Summit property tax records list the appraised value of the land and property at $1 million.

The 50,000 square-foot property was built in 1955 and extensively remodeled following a fire in 1977, according to Jennifer Fernandez, with NAI Cummins Real Estate, who brokered the sale.

Selling the property was Harmony Springs Christian Church, formerly High Street Christian Church.

The High Street congregation moved to Green in 2012, amid a decline in the number of worshippers, and changed its name to Harmony Springs Christian Church.

Harmony Springs meets at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Health & Wellness Center at 1940 Town Park Blvd.

See Saturday's Beacon Journal for a full report.

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