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Archdiocese selling River Wards buildings

The Arch­diocese of Phil­adelphia has of­fi­cially put sev­er­al soon-to-be closed church prop­er­ties up for sale.

A former Brides­burg con­vent and school and a former Kens­ing­ton school build­ing are among the eight prop­er­ties the Arch­diocese of Phil­adelphia has de­cided to sell at an auc­tion slated for Ju­ly 24 at the Sheraton Phil­adelphia Down­town.

The prop­er­ties, which in­clude three former con­vents and two former schools, are be­ing sold as part of a plan to “re­duce its de­fi­cit and build a fin­an­cially stronger fu­ture,” ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from the arch­diocese.

The former All Saints School and All Saints Con­vent – 4600 block of E. Thompson St., Brides­burg; and the former St. Mi­chael Busi­ness School – 1500 block of N. 2nd St., Kens­ing­ton, are among those prop­er­ties for sale.

“These sales are part of a lar­ger ef­fort to be good stew­ards of all of our re­sources,” Ken­neth Gav­in, dir­ect­or of com­mu­nic­a­tions for the arch­diocese, said. “None of the build­ings or par­cels had been used re­cently and there was no in­dic­a­tion that they would be util­ized in the fu­ture, so the de­cision was made to sell them.”

The New Jer­sey-based re­alty com­pany Max Spann Real Es­tate and Auc­tion Co. will con­duct the live auc­tion. The arch­diocese worked with Max Spann last year to sell a beach­front sum­mer res­id­ence for priests in Vent­nor, N.J., for $4.5 mil­lion.

Gav­in noted that most of the prop­er­ties that will be in­cluded in the auc­tion be­long to in­di­vidu­al par­ishes. The land par­cels in Plum­stead, Har­ley­s­ville and Ry­dal are owned by the arch­diocese.

“All par­ishes are autonom­ous and the arch­diocese has no au­thor­ity over their as­sets,” Gav­in said, adding that funds real­ized from the sale of par­ish prop­er­ties will re­vert to the re­spect­ive par­ishes.

The auc­tion is open to the pub­lic, but po­ten­tial bid­ders must present a $25,000 cer­ti­fied check in or­der to par­ti­cip­ate.

Gav­in said that he ex­pects all of the prop­er­ties to be sold dur­ing the auc­tion.

“They have sur­plus prop­er­ties that are no longer needed and right now they’re cost­ing them a lot of money to main­tain,” Bob Dann, Max Spann chief op­er­a­tions of­ficer, said. “In­stead of hav­ing to main­tain them they’d like to stop the ex­penses and in­cur some rev­en­ue.”

Dann said it is likely the prop­er­ties would be pur­chased by “build­er or de­veloper types.”

The auc­tion is set to be­gin at 1 p.m. ••

What’s for sale?

• Former All Saints School and All Saints Con­vent – 4600 block of E. Thompson St., Brides­burg

• Former St. Mi­chael Busi­ness School – 1500 block of N. 2nd Street, Phil­adelphia

• Former St. Bartho­lomew Con­vent – 5500 Har­bison Ave., Wissi­nom­ing

• Former Our Lady of Hope Con­vent – 3500 block of N. 19th St., Phil­adelphia

• A 48-acre par­cel – 5800 Wis­mer Road, Plum­stead, Bucks County

• Ap­prox­im­ately 29.5-acre par­cel, zoned com­mer­cial – 570 Shelly Road, Har­ley­s­ville, Mont­gomery County

• One-acre res­id­en­tial lot – Mill Road Circle, Ry­dal, Mont­gomery County

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