By Outer Banks Voice on September 10, 2020
As a result of unprecedented events this year, many for sale signs are donning the lawns of businesses and homes in our area. One additional for sale sign went up last week at 902 South Virginia Dare Trail in Kill Devil Hills — the current building and grounds utilized by Outer Banks Community Church (OBXCC), formerly Ocean View Baptist Church.
OBXCC members want you to know the property is for sale, but the church remains open.
Outer Banks Community Church is an intentional replant of Ocean View Baptist Church with a more than 25-year history on the Outer Banks. Prior to the pandemic, OBXCC elders, Jim Ashe, Heath Jackson and Erroll Rohrbacher, were considering a move to a different location on the bypass to become more visible and accessible to the local residents who live and work on the Outer Banks.
Since late March, Sunday worship has been recorded and streamed online at 10:00 a.m. The community of believers has also been meeting on Zoom every Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m., as well as in smaller home-based groups during the week, both on Zoom and in-person once the North Carolina COVID 19 guidelines allowed for gatherings of 10 or less indoors.
As the members have been meeting away from the facility on the Beach Road, they have realized that owning this particular building is not a necessary component of their worship and community. The leadership at OBXCC has also found the building to be a hindrance, rather than a help to doing the work that God has given them. Though the building and land are owned outright, with no mortgage, the cost of maintenance and upkeep aren’t worth the return on investment.
The agreement of the members to sell the property has also come at an opportune time, as the Outer Banks Real Estate market is strong as a result of current interest rates and interest in the area. The elders are hopeful for a quick sale, and to be able to find a suitable commercial space to lease on the bypass in Kill Devil Hills or somewhere close by. They hope to begin meeting in person again on Sundays, as soon as North Carolina moves into a phase that will allow for meeting in person with minimal restrictions.
The property at 902 S Virginia Dare Trail is listed for sale by Lauren Rickard of Coldwell Banker Seaside.
MLS Listing Details: Large commercial, semi oceanfront parcel offering Mixed Use possibilities. 1.98-acre lot in the heart of Kill Devil Hills. Prime location with 300′ fronting Virginia Dare Trail. Access the beach at nearby Clark St. public access with parking. Convenient access to the 158 Bypass with a traffic light at Baum St. One of the largest semi oceanfront parcels available for development. For more information about the property, please contact Lauren at (252) 255-6492 or email@example.com.