After nearly 60-years on Longhill Street, the Melha Shriners have sold their Springfield property.
The Shriners announced Thursday that the property, located in the city’s Forest Park neighborhood, has been sold to Breakthrough Worship Center.
The building was purchased when Melha Shriner membership was significantly larger. The organization said membership was around 4,000 in the ’70s and has decreased to less than 1,000 today. They said it was no longer financially viable to stay in a building this size.
The expected closing date for the sale is March 25. The organization will still have a property in Ware and will be setting up a satellite office in West Springfield while they search for a new property.
“We have a search committee that’s looking for properties right now. There are a few that are very high on our list,” said Michael White, Shriners International regional public relations director. “We want to make sure that the new home is something that we can stay in for some time. we do want it to be in the greater Springfield market as we have a great connection to the community.”
The Shriners are a fraternal organization that supports the Shriners Hospitals for Children, including the one in Springfield.
The group will hold a commemoration event at the Longhill property on March 16.