Niceville UMC opts out of Crestview's Northview Plaza

Movies & More's former location

Movies & More's former location will become retail spaces after Niceville United Methodist Church opted out of bringing a campus to Northview Plaza in Crestview.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 08:29 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Niceville United Methodist Church leaders have opted not to move into Northview Plaza.

Niceville UMC — which has a Crestview campus, St. Mark UMC on P.J. Adams Parkway — seeks to expand its ministry in the Hub City. But Jayme Nabors of NBI properties, which manages the North Ferdon boulevard plaza, said church officials decided not to lease 16,500 square feet in the plaza's south end.

“It couldn’t satisfy their needs with what they were looking for,” Nabors said.

Greg McKinnon, an executive pastor at Niceville UMC, said the decision to keep looking for a new location came after a church engineer noticed additional remodeling work would be necessary.

“It would have cost more than we planned,” McKinnon said.

Now, church officials are considering leasing 11 acres on Old Bethel Road. McKinnon said the church should reach a decision by the middle of next month.

NBI and the church parted on good terms, Nabors said. NBI will soon renovate the plaza's south wing — which includes the former Movies & More — into retail space.

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