The former home of the Seneca Falls Town Offices is up for sale.
The 33,000 sq-ft facility, which was previously the home to the St. Patrick’s School had also been home to the Town Board, Town Court, and other municipal offices after it’s closure in 2004.
The Town now occupies 130 Ovid St., which means the former-school is empty.
This week “For Sale” signs appeared out front of the facility, which had previously been rented by the Town from St. Frances-St. Clare Parish.
The asking price: $395,000
Rev. James Fennessy, pastor of St. Frances-St. Clare parish told the Finger Lakes Times earlier in the month that their organization had no intention of becoming landlords.
“I approached the Pastoral Council and Finance Council then and they recommended selling the school. I put it out to the parish and there was no negative reaction,” he explained.
He also added that since there was no hope for the school reopening — it was becoming increasingly important to sell the property.
The parish staff is taking stock of inventory to determine the disposition of the contents, according to the Times story.
They also noted that there was an effort made to keep the contents within the realm of Catholic education. Many items have been given to other schools in the Diocese of Rochester.
Coldwell Banker will be handling the sale of the property.
The asking price of the former-school is significantly less than the final cost associated with building the new Ovid St. location.
However, the new location features a home for both the Seneca Falls Police Department, as well as the Town Offices. The final cost of the new municipal building was $4.2 million, according to Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, who took office after construction had already begun on the new building.
While officials from the church had discussed selling the former-school, it was being rented for $90,000 per year by the Town. With no viable tenants, the value of the property is significantly reduced.