DAVISON TWP. — The Knights of Columbus hall, 8428 Davison Rd., has been sold to the Davison Missionary Church, which plans to turn the 64-year-old facility into a student ministry and youth community center.
Grand Knight Mark Smith, of the Davison Knights of Columbus, said he wants the community to know the organization may have sold its hall, but it will remain active in the community and even has plans to buy some property and build a new, smaller home for itself.
“We didn’t sell because we had to, we sold because we wanted to,” said Smith. “We’re not going out of business. We can go on and find something else. We’re thriving and we’ll still be doing charity work in the community.”
Smith said the church approached the organization with an offer to purchase the front portion of the K of C’s property directly off Davison Road, adjacent to the church’s property which is located at 1481 N. Gale Rd.
After some discussion, the membership offered the entire 31 acres, including the hall and the outlying pavilions and ballfields. A deal was negotiated, and the two sides reached an agreement.
The purchase was finalized Dec. 16
Smith said the membership is getting a little bit older, with the average age around 70 for most members. They have held bingo and their annual New Year’s Eve party there for years, but he said managing both has become more difficult over time.
Until a new place can be found, the Knights of Columbus will meet at St. John’s in Davison and Smith said they will hold bingo and fish fries there.
“There is a lot of blood, sweat and tears in that place,” he said of the hall, which was built in 1956. “Our membership is around 425 and we were not in a spot that we had to sell the hall, this just popped up. We’re not closing the organization, we’re just downsizing.”
Smith said he understands Davison Missionary Church will use the facility for its youth activities and hopes to add baseball and soccer field.
Church officials were not available to talk until after Jan. 1. However, the church did post highlights of the signing of paperwork for the purchase on its Facebook page, along with an artist rendering of what the remodeled exterior of the hall will look like.
“It’s been a good run and we’ve done a lot of good things,” said Smith. “We’ll continue to do a lot of good things, without the upkeep on the hall and property taxes. It just made sense.”