Preserving Parish Neighborhoods
The Office for Community Development works closely with parishes, parish leaders, and community organizations to identify potential long-term strategies to appropriately reuse Archdiocesan properties.
The Church - along with the rest of the city - experienced unprecedented growth and development during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Over the last 50 years all of these institutions have faced a need to reevaluate the use of their properties as a result of demographic shifts, changing economic base, and aging populations.
Despite unavoidable changes over time, parishes and their buildings continue to play an important role in preserving a neighborhood's character. The Office for Community Development seeks to work with parishes and communities to ensure that Archdiocesan-owned buildings are used for the long-term in a way that best serves a changing community's needs.
One successful strategy has been to convert existing properties into senior housing. Adapting Archdiocesan properties into independent senior housing provides dignified housing for seniors, contributes to the preservation of neighborhoods and family life, maintains Catholic identity in neighborhoods, and forwards the Church's mission to serve all of God's people.
OCD works closely with parish leaders and community members to carefully evaluate potential Archdiocesan buildings for long-term, new uses. OCD is available to sit down with parish pastors to explore options and evaluate community needs. The three primary factors in evaluating a building for adaptive reuse are:
- Is there a need for the long-term, new use?
- Does the community support the development?
- Will the development attract sufficient funding?
Please contact us using the form below if you are a parish pastor interested in beginning a dialog about the potential adaptive reuse of an Archdiocesan-owned building.