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High hopes for sale of former Oswaldtwistle Christian centre
A FORMER Christian centre with commercial development potential is going up for sale at a major property auction next month.
The Factory Conference Centre in Oswaldtwistle will go on offer with a guide price of £300,000 to £350,000 at the Manchester sale.
Formerly Oswaldtwistle Community Church’s Hope Centre, in Watson Street, the property is in good condition and has vacant possession for the new owners.
Hyndburn Council’s deputy leader Clare Pritchard hopes the auction will see another successful sale of a vacant commercial property boosting regeneration efforts.
Oswaldtwistle Tory councillor Peter Britcliffe is also keeping his fingers crossed for a new owner to make good use of the building, once the home of a thriving evangelical Christian community.
The centre is one of 180 lots at Pugh and Company’s next Manchester property auction on September 12 at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.
The 1,400 square metre building includes a reception area, lounge, offices, kitchen, conference hall, cafeteria, conservatory, meeting hall and function rooms.
It is described in the catalogue as having ‘development potential subject to gaining necessary consents’.
Pugh director Stephen Swainson said: “We’re seeing people return to auction time and again to invest in great value properties in Accrington as they know it’s the right time to buy.”
The former Hope Centre was used for several community projects including one to help ex-offenders battling with drug and drink problems rebuild their lives.
Recent sales of empty properties in Hyndburn include the Hope and Anchor, Whalley Road, Accrington, and the derelict Barnes furniture store at the junction of Cannon Street and Church Street.
Coun Pritchard said: “I really hope this building sells and can be brought back into a good and suitable use. We are beginning to see commercial interest to support our efforts to regenerate and redevelop the borough.”
Coun Britcliffe said: “A sale would be good news. I am concerned about this part of Oswaldtwistle.”
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