Lennox land sale heaven-sent opportunity
By Will Jackson
A PIECE of Lennox Head land bought for 50 pounds in 1949 is likely to earn the Uniting Church more than $750,000.
The church is selling its old United Sunday School site in Rutherford Street as it is 'surplus to requirements'.
The hall was built in 1951 after the Rutherford family sold the land to a community trust for only 50 pounds.
Phyllis Fuller, the daughter of the trust's founder, Dora Fuller, gave the hall to the church in 1997.
George Pearse, who is handling the sale on behalf of the church, said the proceeds would likely be used by the Ballina Uniting Church to build another church or minister's residence.
However, any possible use has to be approved by the church's leaders in Sydney.
Mr Pearse said the hall, which was in use as a Sunday school until the late 1990s, and by the church until earlier this year, was in need of maintenance and would be probably knocked down after the sale.
Real estate agent Helen Grant, of LJ Hooker Lennox Head, said the 461-square-metre site was zoned medium residential and could accommodate a house or two apartments, subject to council approval.
A two-storey building on the site would have ocean views, she said. The hall is only 90 metres from the beach.
Ms Grant said no other vacant Lennox Head land on the market was as close to the beach.
A similar piece of land in the same street went for $750,000 three years ago.
The land is being sold via expressions of interest, which close on June 29.
For more information contact Ms Grant on 6686 2711.