An Endicott church building with ties to George F. Johnson and Thomas J. Watson is under contract for sale.
People familiar with the situation said the former First United Methodist Church at 53 McKinley Avenue has been taken off the market.
The identity of the prospective buyer hasn't been disclosed. The church held its final service about four months ago.
The property had been listed for sale at $499,000. A representative of the Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church did not immediately return a call seeking information about the status of the property.
The main church building on McKinley Avenue was constructed in 1919. It was built on property donated by Endicott Johnson Shoe Company founder George F. Johnson.
IBM Corporation founder Thomas J. Watson Sr. attended services at the church.
Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson said some people who had been affiliated with the church had learned a buyer was preparing to acquire the property. She said word was circulating that an apartment complex was planned for the site.
A community group had been working to develop a daycare program that would have been operated in the former church complex.
Jackson said if the property sale goes through, the group will continue its efforts to implement the program at another site in the village.
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