The 100-year-old Roth Funeral Chapel building found a fitting owner Friday.
Don Watkins, pastor at New Geneva Community Church in Lone Oak, purchased the Lower Town property at an absolute auction for $95,000. It will serve as a new location for the eight-year-old church.
"I'm still in shock," Watkins said after the auction, which he attended Friday morning with wife Ann.
Watkins said the church has been renting its current location and looking for a new place to settle for years, but could never find anything that suited its needs. At 12,000 square feet, the two-story building boasts a chapel that Watkins estimates could seat 150, as well as space for its Veritas Christian Cooperative, which teaches classical curriculum such as Greek and Latin.
"We have so wanted to have a permanent home for our congregation, to let people know we're here to stay, we're here to serve the city of Paducah," he said.
The 1.3-acre property is comprised of three tracts. A steel building sits on a commercial zoned tract, while a corner concrete parking lot occupies the other. Watkins said the church will keep the historic structure intact, but hopes to turn some of the property into green space, possibly with a playground.
"We're excited about keeping the historic dimension of the building, and yet going in and making it the right fit for our church," he said.
The church does not have a timeline for its relocation, he added.
Contact Laurel Black, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8641, or follow @LaurelFBlack on Twitter.
Robert Alexander posted on: Saturday, June 28, 2014 9:21 PM
Title: Chapel finds new owner
The total sale price for the Roths Funeral Home property was $247,500.00. New Geneva Community Church purchased the funeral home only. The sale price was $104,500.00. The other 2 tracts sold to Ingram Sheet Metal for $143,000.00