Parishioners hoping to save Laconia church from demolition
LACONIA — Parishioners of St. Joseph's Church are hoping to prevent the historic building from being demolished.
The Laconia Daily Sun reported that an announcement made on behalf of the Diocese of Manchester to parishioners last month informed them that the rectory, church and school would be put up for sale in anticipation of consolidating its properties and programs at the Sacred Heart Campus.
The diocese said the church will be marketed with deed restrictions that prevent any future owners from putting the property to use in ways the diocese sees as inappropriate.
The church has yet to be listed for sale, but if the property is not sold within six months of being listed, the building will be demolished.
Donna Hosmer, a parishioner of St. Joseph's, reached out to multiple individuals in the community whom she described as "difference makers," according to the Laconia Daily Sun. She asked for their help "to ensure this historic and architecturally rich property gets saved or re-purposed."