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Morristown Catholic Church expresses interest in former Methodist Church building

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MORRISTOWN - The former United Methodist Church building, 504 Gouverneur St., may be purchased by the Catholic Church.

Advertised for $130,000 the Morristown Central School District had previously expressed an interest in the building as a space for after school and community events.

The district currently uses the church’s parking lot for faculty and staff and some members of the board of education were concerned that their ability to continuing using the spaces could be jeopardized if the building is sold.

However, due to the cost of the building and fears that it would be prohibitively expensive to renovate, the district backed out of negotiates last month.

But St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 506 Gouverneur St., may take ownership of the building.

Father Jay Seymour, pastor at the church, said, “We’re looking at the cost of renovating that.”

Although he acknowledged the church is interested in the property, Fr. Seymour said “It’s kind of premature at this point. We don’t have enough information now to move forward.”

Fr. Seymour said they are considering using the former Methodist Church as a parish center alternative.

Currently St. John’s has a parish center located at the intersection of Morris and Ann Street that has a defunct gymnasium on the back.

Fr. Seymour said, compared to the current parish center, the Methodist Church “would be more suitable for large perish gatherings.”

The building could also be used as a youth center, Fr. Seymour said, and would be ideal for religious classes.

As for the concerns of the school district Fr. Seymour said they would speak with them about parking if they took further steps to secure the building.

“We have made no offer [on the building],” Fr. Seymour said.

Rev. Thomas A. Clemow, property management consultant for the United Methodist Church, said in an email that the property is being “actively marketed” but would not comment on negotiations with the Catholic Church.

The Methodist Church vacated the building in August.

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