In 2016, the Franciscans made the decision to sell a portion of the Church of the Assumption campus. A focal point for the Northside neighborhood for 150 years, the work of the Franciscans has been and will continue to be a defining element of the Northside community. The decision to sell these properties was not made in haste, and the process was full of checks and balances as well as community support. Northside UP was part of a team of neighborhood stakeholders who supported the Friars’ efforts to approach the sale of the properties in a way that would reinforce the Franciscan presence in our community as well as breathe fresh life into the campus.
The Friars worked diligently to find a buyer that would support the organization’s commitment to the neighborhood and bring new life to this block of the Northside. This week, the Friars announced that they found two community-minded buyers, Troy Evans and Steve Case, local developers with diverse portfolios. The decision was announced on Syracuse.com exploring the plans for the Church’s continued presence and for the future developments of some of the properties.
“The Franciscan Friars have agreed to sell eight North Side properties, including its parish hall and the vacant Saint Clare Gardens apartments, to two local developers.
The properties, a mix of residential and commercial buildings and park land, are being sold to Troy Evans and Steve Case, who have formed 800 Block LLC to acquire the properties. The sale, the financial terms of which have not been disclosed, is expected to close in early March.
Evans and Case plan to renovate the Saint Clare Gardens apartment building at 1109-27 N. Townsend St. They expect to cater to residents priced out of the downtown’s apartment market, they said.
The sale does not include Assumption Church, which is owned by the friars, or the adjacent St. Francis Friary building, where nine friars live and the order maintains its offices. The friars will also retain ownership of the large parking lot on the northern most section of the property where the friary building is located.
Friar Rick Riccioli, pastor of Assumption Church, said the friars will continue to operate the Assumption Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen, which provides food to needy families. It operates out of the parish hall, adjacent to the friary building, and will continue to operate from there after the sale until a new home for it, possible the friary building, is found, he said.”
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