Catholic Diocese of GR working out deal to buy C3 building

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids is the mystery suitor of the former C3 Exchange building at 225 E. Exchange St., diocesan officials confirmed Monday.
Marie Havenga
Nov 8, 2011

“The diocese has a buy-sell agreement with the current owner,” said Mary Haarman, communication director for the diocese. “Right now, they’re in a due-diligence period so we can determine if the diocese would have a future use for that facility.”

Haarman said she is not aware of any formal plans for the property, despite its proximity to St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Parish School, 406 E. Savidge St. St. Mary’s is one of 101 parishes in the diocese.

“Quite often the diocese does look at properties in the 11 counties (of its jurisdiction),” Haarman said. “We do look at properties that may be of use in the future to the diocese without it being for a particular parish.”

Village President Bill Filber said Monday night that he would welcome St. Mary’s moving its educational operations into the now-vacant former C3 building.

Haarman would not divulge a sales price or purpose for the purchase.

“The diocese will look at properties with no particular parish in mind,” she said. “... They truly are just looking to see if they would have a use for it in the future. That is the stage they are at.”

The diocese has until Dec. 27 to perform due-diligence, then 30 days after that to close on the deal.

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