Birdtown onion-domed church placed up for sale

St. Gregory the Theologian Byzantine Catholic Church

The property is located on the northeast corner of Quail Street and Thrush Street, near Harrison Elementary School.

A little more than a year after hosting its final mass, the St. Gregory the Theologian Byzantine Catholic Church property has been listed for sale at $189,900.

Included along with the nearly 90-year-old brick 12,000-square-foot church building is a two-family home and a 50-space parking lot. It all looks to be in pretty good shape from the outside and might make for an interesting redevelopment project to lure some more artistic-types to the Birdtown neighborhood with live-work space.

Hopefully, a buyer will emerge soon because the city’s notorious marauding vandals have already begun to pick on the structure.

Police last Thursday noticed that the church was missing a large stained glass window. A temporary plexiglass window was placed in the empty space but fell out. Police left a message with the realtor about the situation.

On Sunday, a citizen walked by and was startled to find the window missing and the building open to the elements. He notified the Division of Housing and Building and called the realtor who explained that the window had been stolen, according to the church bishop. An officer driving by on Monday morning again noticed that the window was missing. He checked the doors to the church and found them to be locked. He reported the incident to dispatch and was told efforts had been made to reach the  realtor.

As of Tuesday evening, the window remained missing.

With copper pipe thieves especially active recently, this is a disaster waiting to happen.

With copper pipe thieves being especially active recently, this is a disaster waiting to happen.

Real estate round-up….

In other real estate news around the city…the restaurant and bar business in this town can be difficult. Ask Patrick Sullivan. After selling his business, Sullivan’s Irish Pub, to someone who quickly ran it into the ground, Sullivan was forced to surrender the building at 13368 Madison Avenue to his lender in order to stave off foreclosure. It now sits vacant…Forest City Land Group snapped up the vacant former Bischof Interiors building at corner of Fry Avenue and Detroit Avenue for $225,000. It’s in the footprint of the stalled Rockport Square project. Forest City spokesperson Jeff Linton was unable to offer a comment on the move. Lakewood Director of Planning and Development Dru Siley said he wasn’t aware of any pending news about the project… Former Forest City and Rockport Square spokesperson Bill Sanderson has purchased the model unit at 11917 Detroit Avenue for $165,000. The original list price was $399,000. Sanderson recently started his own company…Developer Andrew Brickman acquired the vacant former Irish Cottage on Sloane Avenue through a foreclosure auction. AOL’s Lakewood Patch reported he has plans to throw up some high-end condos on the space…Zaremba Lakewood LLC, developer of the new McDonald’s on Detroit Avenue, sold the property to Levine Investments Limited for a little over $1.4 million…McDonald’s officially sold its old Sloane Avenue property to the Nature’s Bin people for $285,000 with a covenant prohibiting any type of restaurant from being there for the next 20 years — with the exception of the planned culinary training facility…The former Two Dads’ Diner building was purchased for $110,000 via a foreclosure auction by two Westlake residents…The former Red Rooster store at 12901 Detroit Avenue, near the future DrugMart changed hands for $160,000. It still sits vacant…Melt’s Matt Fish has sold his Clifton Park pad and relocated to Cleveland. Charles Geiger of Geiger’s Clothing and Sports traded in his Kenneth Drive house for a place in Clifton Park, where former Cleveland Indians team physician Dr. Louis Keppler has also purchased a property for over $1 million.

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