The small suburban hamlet of Johnsonville, Connecticut, has sat abandoned for nearly 20 years. After going on and off the market since 2015, the town sold in July for $A2.4 million.
International religious organisation Iglesia Ni Cristo, also known as INC or Church of Christ, scooped up the 62-acre property with plans to turn it into a recreation and sporting center for members. The Philippines-based church has grown its US real estate portfolio over the years, converting idle lots into permanent gathering places for worship.
“We needed deep pockets and [the INC] said, ‘We love this place and we’re going to do [what it takes],” Milkie told Business Insider. The church paid cash with no contingencies.
Here’s what it’s like inside Johnsonville.