THE FORMER ST. PATRICK’S CHURCH in Cumberland was officially acquired by One Neighborhood Builders to be converted into 44 affordable apartments. / SCREENSHOT VIA GOOGLE INC.
CUMBERLAND – A former church is now officially in the hands of One Neighborhood Builders, and the organization is currently in pre-development to convert the property into affordable housing.
The community development nonprofit announced Tuesday that it has completed its purchase of the former St. Patrick’s Church on Broad Street, first built in 1900 and closed in 2018, from St. Patrick’s Church Corp for $625,000. One Neighborhood Builders says it acquired the church building using a grant from R.I. Housing and Mortgage Finance Corp.’s Site Acquisition Program as well as an acquisition loan from Providence Revolving Fund.
St. Patrick’s Church Corp. is a subsidiary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence. According to town records, the church building is valued at $2.7 million.
One Neighborhood Builders said Tuesday its planned $20 million “Steeple & Stone” development will convert St. Patrick’s Church into 44 affordable apartments, while also preserving the historic century-plus-old structure. The development, the organization says, will include 27 one-bedroom apartments, 12 two-bedroom apartments and five three-bedroom units. The apartments will be available for households earning up to 60% of the area median income – or approximately $53,000 annually for a family of four.
Additionally, One Neighborhood Builders says several units will be available for older adults supported by services that are provided by PACE Organization of Rhode Island.