The former Remington’s community event center is under contract after Ridgecrest Baptist Church put the hulking south-side building up for sale.
“For sale” signs outside the building that fronts James River Freeway have been updated with the words “under contract.” Ridgecrest Baptist Senior Pastor Chad Grayson confirmed the 30,000-square-foot Remington’s building at 1655 W. Republic Road is under a contract for purchase through R.B. Murray Co.
“Unfortunately, we are unable at this time to disclose the potential buyer,” he said via email.
R.B. Murray Vice President Ross Murray declined to comment. The Greene County assessor’s office has not received notice of an ownership change for the property, which is still listed under Ridgecrest Baptist. Grayson said the church listed the property about a year and a half ago, and this is the first time it’s been under contract.
R.B. Murray’s online listing for the Remington’s building — which also notes the property is under contract — has an asking price of $5.2 million.
“The flexibility of this building offers potential buyers multiple options for use or redevelopment,” the listing reads, noting the property is zoned highway commercial.
Ridgecrest Baptist in late 2015 closed Remington’s as the church shifted its financial mission to helping orphans around the world. The organization had used the building for student and other church services and rented it out for concerts and clothing sales.
The 9-acre property visible from Kansas Expressway and Republic Road, with over 700 parking spaces, once was Missouri’s largest nightclub. Ridgecrest bought it in 2004 for $3.3 million, according to Springfield Business Journal archives.
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