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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-23-2020

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2 CUMBERLAND JULY 23-29, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION CUMBERLAND – Several poten- tial buyers have expressed interest in the former St. Patrick's Church property on Broad Street, says Msgr. Jacques Plante, and most have said in no uncertain terms that they want to reuse the property instead of demol- ishing it. No one has mentioned wanting to tear down the church, he said. According to Plante, there have been "four or five" interested parties since the Diocese put the church up for sale. An online listing from Lila Delman for 295-301 Broad St. shows the 2-acre property, including the church and rectory, is up for sale at $1.5 mil- lion. There would be no restriction on demolishing the church in a sale, a fact that has led to concern among residents and preservationists. Plante is the pastor of the com- bined St. Aidan-St. Patrick's Parish on Diamond Hill Road, which merged in the spring of 2018. Shortly after the closure of St. Patrick's at 301 Broad St., The Breeze reported that the Providence Diocese was planning to sell the property for secular use. The church building is an expensive one to repair and maintain, with high heating bills. Though secular use is fine, "sordid use" is out, meaning there's a list of businesses and uses that the building will not be sold to, said Plante. According to Plante, potential buy- ers have been expressing interest in the rectory as well. He said there is no interest from church leaders in selling the rectory separately from the church, saying doing so would cut off access to the church. Plante said the church will not make its final decision on whether to accept a bid based on what a buyer plans to do with the property. The 1900 church could become a cultural center similar to the St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center in Woonsocket or be converted into another church, among other potential uses. The listing from Lila Delman pro- motes a development opportunity and lists a number of potential uses, including retail, condos, apartments, school and recreation center. Plante said staff members are work- ing right now to take items out of the building, including stained glass windows. The hope is to reuse some windows at the Diamond Hill Road church in what would be rededicated as the St. Patrick's Memorial Hall. Plante is meeting this week with representatives from New England Stained Glass in Attleboro, Mass., to get recommendations on what is worth keeping. Consecrated items have already been moved out, including the tab- ernacle to St. Joseph's in Woonsocket and some statues to St. James in Lincoln. If no use is found for two remain- ing altars, they will be placed in stor- age with the Diocese. Several parties interested in buying the former St. Patrick's Church By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY The old ST. PATRICK'S CHURCH on Broad Street is up for sale and is said to be drawing interest from potential buy- ers who've say they do not intend to tear it down. Arnold Mills United Methodist Church offers Sunday services on the lawn CUMBERLAND – Arnold Mills United Methodist Church, 690 Nate Whipple Highway, has begun a new option for Sunday worship service during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, with a 9:30 a.m. service on the front lawn of the church. All worshipers are required to wear masks and maintain social distancing guidelines. Temperatures are taken upon entry into the park- ing lot and hand sanitizer will be available. Worshipers are welcome to bring their own outdoor chairs and favorite morning beverages. Those interested in attending can sign up via the church's Facebook page or at www.amumc.org . Walk- ins on the day of the service are also welcome. The service will also be available on Facebook and the website for those who do not attend in person. 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