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Church for sale could be converted to residence

Christ Covenant Church in Copiague is on the

Christ Covenant Church in Copiague is on the market and ready for a prospective buyer to convert it for residential use. Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate

This historic Copiague house of worship could be a heavenly home for a church or a buyer who's up for converting it for residential use.

Now on the market for $399,000, the building was first the Copiague Union Church in 1896. The Christ Covenant Church bought the building in 1990, says Pastor Brian L. Penney, the church's pastor since 2002.

However, after plans to merge with another church fell through, Penney says the decision was made to sell and seek new space.

"We would love to find a church building, if we could, nearby, that we could rent," he says.

Renovated in 2007, the sanctuary seats about 100. Around the same time, the roof and siding were updated. The church, which is about 3,000 square feet, is equipped with two half-baths and a kitchen; the 30-by-50-foot fellowship hall has wood floors and a full basement below that was formerly a preschool.

"A lady visited this past Sunday and said she had gone to preschool there in the late 1960s," Penney says.

Because the 15,000-square-foot, L-shaped property is zoned C-Residence, converting the church to a single-family home would not require a zone change from the Babylon town board, says Ann Marie Jones, the town's commissioner of planning and development. From there, typical planning board site plan review and building department approvals would apply.

Subdividing the lot would require a trip to the Zoning Board of Appeals to receive a setback requirement variance, Jones says.

The property is listed with Rob Scarito of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

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