MERIDEN — The price of the former St. Mary’s Church was recently reduced and the church may be sold separately from the rectory and former St. Mary’s School.
St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, its school and rectory are at the corner of Grove and Church streets. The entire portfolio was priced at $725,000 in 2018.
The price has been reduced to $300,000 for the 6,631 square-foot church. The rectory is listed at $250,000 and the 16,035 square-foot school is for sale for $125,000, according to a listing from agent Dave Melillo of H. Pearce Realty.
Melillo is marketing churches for the Archdiocese of Hartford, which closed St. Mary’s in a 2017 statewide reorganization. Melillo could not be reached for comment Friday.
St. Mary’s is in the city’s transit-oriented development district, a designation that could make the buildings more valuable to developers and to the city’s revitalization efforts.
City officials have worked with listing agents to promote advantages of buying properties in the TOD district.
“I have coordinated one or two showings with the broker; mainly for arts/performing space potential, but no serious interest yet,” said David Cooley, director of Making Meriden Business Center. “St. Mary’s is a great property, the church itself and the rectory are clean and beautiful, however, the school building would need asbestos remediation.”
According to Cooley, the Archdiocese of Hartford is willing to sell the buildings separately or together.
So far, the churches that have sold have gone to other religious churches and institutions, Cooley said.
St. Laurent Church and convent at 125 Camp St. sold late last year for $450,000 to the Connecticut Sanul Church.
For more information contact Melillo at 203-281-9313.