Avoca to sell off everything in church before demolition


First Posted: 9/27/2013

The notice said “everything must go” and they weren’t kidding.

The remaining items at the former Ss. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Church on Main Street will be sold on Oct. 5 and 6 in preparation for demolition.

Some of the items for sale are a Traulsen industrial refrigerator/freezer; a duel oven; a six-burner Vulcan stove and a four-burner Garland oven/stove.

Any items purchased must be removed by Oct. 15.

Also being offered are six sets of stained-glass exterior doors, three glass panel interior double doors, a three-bay stainless steel restaurant sink, assorted chandeliers, 12 large handcrafted oak cabinets, a 36-inch sliding hall divider, a 40-foot stair lift chair and an Allen electric organ.

Those items and many more miscellaneous items are being offered at a public sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6.

Avoca Council President Joe Satkowski said anyone is invited, even if it’s just to take a nostalgic walk through.

He said he hopes to raise “maybe $5,000” to help with furnishing the new brough building.

He hopes the demolition can go out for bid at the November council meeting and hopes the building will be gone before the new year, depending on when a historical study can be completed.

The church and adjoining parking lot were purchased by Avoca Borough on July 3 for $144,000.

Plans call for moving the municipal offices and police department from the 113-year-old structure on Main Street to a newly constructed municipal building on the church grounds.

The new one-floor facility will be handicapped accessible. Some offices in the current building are not. Accessing the mayor’s and secretary’s offices requires a climb of about 20 steps. Also, the amount of parking spaces will increase considerably. There are five parking spots at the borough building, but the new facility will have more than 20.

The borough plans to tear down the church once funding is secured.

The church closed its doors for the final time with a closing liturgy and ceremony on Oct. 2, 2011. Ss. Peter and Paul and St. Mary’s churches merged and became known as Queen of the Apostles Parish.

Most of the church-related items were already removed before the church was sold. For example, the stained glass windows were removed and used in a church in another part of the country. The large bell is secure in the steeple and that won’t be sold. The borough is researching if it was blessed or has any other religious significance.

Satkowski said the copper pipes in the building have already been removed and sold for scrap, but the church’s new granite steps are still available.

For additional information call 570-457-4947.

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