St. Joseph Regional Medical Center has reached a deal to buy St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, the adjacent All Saints Catholic school, and other buildings and properties owned by the Diocese of Boise on 5th Ave. in Lewiston.
Negotiations have been ongoing for the past few months and the $2.4 million transaction is expected to be completed in July.
St. Joe’s President and CEO Tim Sayler said the medical center has no immediate plans for the church or school properties, and operations at both facilities will continue as normal.
The All Saints Catholic Parish has plans to build a new church on 14th Street in the Lewiston Orchards and to date has raised more than $5 million for that project. There are future plans for an elementary school at the building site as well.
With the church property, the purchase includes an occupancy agreement for the parish to retain the use of the church building and parish hall for All Saints that is not expected to exceed 16 months after the start of construction on the new facility.
All Saints can use the church building and parish hall rent free, but the church and the Diocese will remain responsible for the operation and maintenance costs associated with the buildings.
Sayler said the eventual plan for the church property once St. Joseph takes over will be to make it available for weddings, funerals, and other special events. He said at this point, the only plan with the church building is to leave it the way it is. (St. Joseph Regional Medical Center)