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A buyer is being sought for the Lebanon Church in New London. If a buyer cannot be found in the next six months, the 140-year-old building could be razed. City officials say whether the building is purchased or razed, the process will come with a hefty price tag. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

Historic church in New London may be razed if buyer not found


NEW LONDON — Built by Swedish immigrants 140 years ago, a white steepled church perched on a rise overlooking New London’s Mill Pond may be standing for only another six months unless someone steps up to take ownership of the vacant building.

“It’s a building of historic value. It’s a building of historic interest,” said the Rev. Keith Pearson, pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in New London, which owns the church and three city blocks it sits on.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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