INDIANAPOLIS — The fate of a local historic building lies in the hands of a crowdfunding campaign.

The 102-year-old St. John United Church of Christ in Cumberland will be torn down June 1 if a total of $75,000 isn’t handed over to church officials by May 4, town officials announced Monday.

In the meantime town officials have partnered with Indiana Landmarks to raise the funds they say will buy them more time to secure funding needed to redevelop the property into senior housing.

The historic building, located at the intersection of German Church Road and Washington Street, has been the center of controversy for years as church leaders try to sell the property they say the congregation can’t afford, and town officials fight to protect the historic structure they argue still has purpose.

So far, Indiana Landmarks has pledged $25,000, and private donors committed another $12,000, according to a news release.

Another $38,000 is need, and Indiana Landmarks has launched a fundraiser on its website in an effort to raise the money.

For more on this story, read Tuesday’s Daily Reporter.

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Samm Quinn is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3275 or