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ArchdioceseAuctionFollowup

A[a] former con­vent in North­east Phil­adelphia was among four prop­er­ties sold at auc­tion by the Arch­diocese of Phil­adelphia and sev­er­al loc­al par­ishes last Wed­nes­day at the Sheraton Phil­adelphia Down­town.

St. Bartho­lomew Con­vent in Wissi­nom­ing was sold to a bid­der for $280,000. Two  oth­er prop­er­ties in Phil­adelphia and one in Ry­dal also were sold at the auc­tion. The four prop­er­ties brought in a total of $1.18 mil­lion.

A 48-acre par­cel of land loc­ated in Plum­stead, Bucks County, was slated for auc­tion, but a buy­er pur­chased[b] the prop­erty pri­or to the auc­tion for $860,000.

Ken­neth Gav­in, dir­ect­or of com­mu­nic­a­tions for the arch­diocese, said that the arch­diocese was pleased with the res­ults of the auc­tion.

“It’s dif­fi­cult to gauge how each prop­erty will be used at this point, but some of the ones in the city were very at­tract­ive de­vel­op­ment op­por­tun­it­ies,” Gav­in said. “As for the prop­erty in Bucks County that sold pri­or to auc­tion, we are un­der the im­pres­sion that it will not be used for com­mer­cial or res­id­en­tial real es­tate de­vel­op­ment.”

Three prop­er­ties, two of which are loc­ated in Brides­burg, failed to sell at the auc­tion.

All Saints School and All Saints Con­vent were not sold. A com­mer­cial par­cel loc­ated in Har­ley­s­ville, Mont­gomery County, is ex­pec­ted to be un­der con­tract with­in a week.

“We will con­tin­ue to pur­sue all avail­able av­en­ues to sell the re­main­ing prop­er­ties,” Gav­in said. “Ne­go­ti­ations are cur­rently in place on a few of them and there is a pos­sib­il­ity that all of the prop­er­ties ori­gin­ally put up for auc­tion will be sold in the near fu­ture.”

He ad­ded that for the time be­ing, the un­sold prop­er­ties would re­main “empty and un­used.”

Max Spann Real Es­tate and Auc­tion Co. over­saw the auc­tion. ••

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