Commissioners approve $6M purchase of New Bern Sudan Shriners property

After more than four years of uncertainty, the fate of some of downtown New Bern’s most sought after property has been decided.

During their Dec. 5 meeting, the Craven County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve an agreement to purchase the waterfront property owned by the Sudan Shriners for $6 million. The property consists of four pieces of land on the corner of Broad and East Front streets, including the iconic Sudan Shriners Temple at 403 E. Front St.

The 40,000 square-foot Sudan Temple, which was built in 1951, has been closed since it was flooded with more than 3 feet of water during Hurricane Florence in Sept. 2018.

According to County Manager Jack Veit III, the Shriners will take the contract before their general membership in early January 2023 for final approval. Once that approval is authorized, closing of the property would occur by January 31, 2023.

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