Dwayne Weaver, an administrator for First Baptist, said on Tuesday that the church listed the 10-acre site for sale last week. The church plans to relocate to a property north of President George Bush Turnpike between Coit Road and Independence Parkway, he said.
“We just looked at what it would cost to fix up this place for the long term versus buying land and building new, and there wasn’t that much difference in cost,” Weaver said. “Traffic patterns are a lot higher in south-central Plano than they are here now. This church was here since 1896 and most of the traffic came in from 14th or 15th Street and that’s changed over the years.”
In 2017, Collin Central Appraisal District assessed the downtown-area properties owned by First Baptist at roughly $7 million, a number that includes the land, buildings, parking lots and a residential home owned by the church.
Editor's note: The map has been updated to include two additional lots owned by First Baptist Church of Plano.