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Holy Trinity property is sold for $ 500,000 | Local news

LAWRENCE – The former Holy Trinity Church property on Avon and Trinity streets has been sold for $ 500,000 by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston to a local real estate investor who could turn part of it into condominiums.

The property consists of a church, three story school, rectory and parking lot, all totaling 28,000 square feet.

“I loved it because there is a lot of goods there for the amount of money,” said Alberto Nunez, the new owner. “It’s at an impasse and it can be developed into a semi-private project. It could be done in different phases.”

Nunez’s immediate plan is to rent out the rectory while working with a professional on ideas to develop the rest of the property – eventually converting it into condominiums.

“I don’t have anything concrete yet, but I am open to all projects.”

The property has been on the market for more than two years, said Terrence C. Donilon, spokesperson for the archdiocese.

Holy Trinity closed in 2004 with Sts. The churches of Peter and Paul and Asuncion de la Virgen Maria, after the merger of the city’s seven churches into three parishes. Sacré-Coeur in South Lawrence closed in 2005.

Holy Trinity and Sts. Peter and Paul merged with Holy Rosary to become Corpus Christi Parish, which took over the maintenance of the properties of the Holy Trinity.

Donilon said Corpus Christi Parish would get the majority of the profit from the sale price.

“We estimate that the parish will benefit from 75 to 80 percent of the funds from the sale,” Donilon said.

Corpus Christi pastor Reverend Francis Mawn couldn’t be happier. Mawn said it had cost around $ 270,000 over the years to maintain the property, including paying property taxes.

“It lifted a financial burden for us,” Mawn said.

Donilon said that part of the sale price of the presbytery will go to the archdiocese. Six priests – members of the Franciscans of the Primitive Order – live in the presbytery, but will have to move by the end of the month, Donilon said.

“They will move to another place with our help,” he said.

The Archdiocese has other church buildings in the area. Sts. Peter and Paul, Chestnut Street, has yet to go on sale and may be released in the near future. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on Lowell Street in Methuen remains on the market available for sale, Donilon said.

The Sainte-Marie de l’Assomption school, which closed its doors last June, is used by the Sainte-Marie de l’Assomption parish for religious education and other programs, Donilon said.

LAWRENCE Churches sold, new uses

Asuncion, Lawrence and Park Streets: First sale to a Lawrence real estate investor for $ 350,000. It was then sold to the Greater Lawrence Family Health Clinic and the church was razed for parking.

Church of the Sacred Heart, 321 S. Broadway: ETC Development, a Boston-based nonprofit, purchased the five-building campus on two acres of land for $ 2 million in 2006. The convent was converted into housing affordable and members of the Willing Shepherds of Jesus Christ lead the Latin Mass in the Gothic style church.

St. Francis, 94 Bradford St.: Now home to Blessed Stephen Bellesini Academy, a boys’ college.

St. Patrick’s Convent, 100 Parker Street: The former Halifax Sisters of Charity home was sold to Habitat for Humanity for $ 300,000 in 2008. The 1,600 square foot building is converted into 10 affordable housing units.