Vermont Catholic Church wants to demolish old cathedral

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

If the city grants permission to demolish the Immaculate Conception Church 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 declining staff and finances forced the cathedral to close in the heart of downtown Burlington.

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

“The church building and the property on which it stands are withdrawn from liturgical use and therefore, in accordance with canon law, the parish will desecrate the property – moving it from a sacred space to a secular space”, Routhier’s letter said. . “The desecration of the site will serve to help ward members cope with the loss of this parish, clean up the site and prevent any future non-sacred use of the building.”

This building was put on the market for 8.5 million dollars.

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