Former St. James church sold
SOUTH DEERFIELD —The former St. James Roman Catholic Church has been sold to a Cheshire woman for $225,000 after closing five years ago.
According to the Franklin County Registry of Deeds, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield sold the church building and the neighboring rectory home at 83 and 85 North Main St. to Laurie Cuevas, of 219 Notch Road, Cheshire on Dec. 5. Cuevas did not return calls for comment.
A deed restriction on the sale was that the property not be put to any use that is inconsistent with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The deed noted that residential use is consistent.
The total land is 2.1 acres, Town Assessor Karen Menard said. The two-floor rectory is 3,055 square feet and includes three full baths, two half baths, two kitchens and six bedrooms. The church is 2,900 square feet. The main floor is 2,464 square feet and the balcony floor is 440 square feet.
This property was originally part of the former St. James Parish. In 2008 that parish and nearby St. Stanislaus Parish were merged to form Holy Family Parish on Sugarloaf Street. As part of that decision it was determined to use the St. Stanislaus church and buildings for the joint parish. This allowed for the eventual sale of the unused St. James property, said Mark Dupont, secretary for communication for the Diocese of Springfield.
You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at: email@example.com or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.