Vermont Catholic Church Seeks to Tear Down Old Cathedral | Vermont News

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington is seeking permission to demolish a closed cathedral and a grove of trees in the downtown core of Vermont’s largest city.

If the city grants permission to demolish the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Pine Street, an existing parking area would remain and the site would be left as an open lawn.

Burlington Zoning Division Director Scott Gustin said the church last week applied for a permit to demolish the church, built in the 1970s after the original building was destroyed by arson. It will take several months before a decision is made on whether or not to grant the permit.

Three years ago, the diocese said dwindling membership and finances had forced the closure of the cathedral in the heart of downtown Burlington.

The Burlington Free Press reports that in an October letter to the city, Monsignor Peter Routhier outlined plans for the site.

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“The church building and the property on which it sits are removed from liturgical use and therefore, in accordance with canon law, the parish will desacralize the property – transforming it from a sacred space into a secular one,” said declared Routhier in his letter. . “The desecration of the site will serve to help parish members cope with the loss of this parish, clean up the site and prevent future unsacred use of the building.”

This building is on the market for $8.5 million.

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