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Historic St. John’s Basilica sold for almost $3M

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Key takeaways: 

  • Court still has to support the winning bid for the property.
  • The Basilica Cathedral of St. John the Baptist complex in St. John’s has been sold to a joint committee for almost $3 million.

An iconic part of St. John’s history and the city’s skyline has been sold for more than $3 million — to a trio of Catholic groups expecting to protect the building from developers. 

“The feeling we have is one of relief and joy and excitement for the future,” Rob Blackie, a joint committee member who had been bidding on the historical effects, told CBC News on Tuesday morning.

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An iconic part of St. John’s history and the city’s skyline has been sold for more than $3 million — to a trio of Catholic groups expecting to protect the building from developers

The basilica complex is one of two dozen properties possessed by the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of St. John’s being sold to support pay millions to the victims of sexual abuse by Christian Brothers at the former Mount Cashel orphanage. In May, the three Catholic groups — the Basilica Heritage Foundation, St. Bonaventure’s College, and the St. Bon’s Forum — said they were moving to “maintain and save a vital part of our history, our culture, and our city.”

Now Blackie said their offer had been received by the accounting company handling the sale of Catholic church properties in the St. John’s place.

Source – cbc.ca

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