Tonawanda News —
A representative from the diocese’s property and maintenance office couldn’t be reached to comment on the former church’s sale.
The diocese had originally put all four parcels Kuntz purchased up for auction in May 2011. At that time, the church and rectory were assessed at $198,000 and had known structural problems. The highest bid for those two buildings was just $10,000, by a Falconer Street resident. That bid was summarily rejected by the diocese because it was too low.
The Ascension building is a registered city landmark, so despite the sale, no dramatic changes to the brick facade can be made without the approval of city officials.
Carozzolo said the sale is expected to close sometime in the next several days.