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Local Church To Buy Former Hattiesburg Night Club

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A local church is thinking about turning what use to be a popular Hattiesburg night club into one of their facilities for service.

"It's a place where lives where changed and now it can be a place where lives can change for the better," said Jeff Powell, worship programming director of First Hattiesburg Baptist Church.

The Remington's Hunt Club was shutdown in 2011 after three USM football players were shot in the club's parking lot. But the property may be in for a makeover.

Powell said the congregation at The First has outgrown their current space.

"We were looking everywhere then one person on our staff said why don't we go to the Hunt Club," he said. 

They have five services every Sunday at the current Lincoln Road facility. While they plan to keep that building, the expansion will help them better serve their 3,000 member congregation.

"It's over 60,000 sq. ft.,  great facility and parking lot,  a lot space, it was perfect," he said. 

Church leaders also think the location will draw new members as well.

"Our research shows there are 17,000 people that live within five minutes of that campus location," he said. "Our goal is to draw folks who've sort of given up on church that's the crowd we are interested in drawing."

The church's board will vote on the property in two weeks. If all goes well they hope to start renovations in January.

Powell said the property costs about $800,000. They hope the will be able to move into the facility by fall of next year.

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