City to acquire adjacent property to support Warner Mansion
Farmington City Council voted unanimously to authorize the City Manager and Attorney to complete a purchase of the Christian Science First Church located at 33825 Grand River Avenue, a property adjacent to the Governor Warner Mansion. The purchase price is $395,000.
The Warner Mansion and its gardens have been owned and maintained by the City of Farmington since 1980. The historic home of Michigan’s 26th Governor holds significant historical value for the City, but is currently limited in its on-site programming and operations. The purchase of the property will allow expanded use at the Mansion, as well as add additional parking.
According to a January 17, 2022 feasibility study, which included community engagement, public surveys showed that the Farmington community values the Mansion and views it as historic community asset. Acquiring the church property was one of the “improvement approaches” listed in the feasibility study. A draft of the study can be found on the City’s website by clicking here: Feasibility Study
“The timing was right, a representative of the church called me late last year and asked if the City was interested in purchasing the church,” explained City Manager David Murphy. “This is a great opportunity for us.”
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