There was a plan a few months ago to do the following: the Diocese of Scranton would sell the closed church to the city. The city would tear down the old church and use the land for a parking lot for Holy Cross Hall, next to the church.
The neighborhood needs parking. Show me a neighborhood that doesn't.
A lot of people thought the deal smelled bad. The Diocese unloads an empty building. The city foots the bill for the demolition and the new parking lot. It wouldn't and couldn't be done inexpensively. A landmark would be destroyed.
The Diocese turned down at least one offer to sell the building, to someone who wouldn't tear it down.
City council put the brakes on the sale to the city earlier this year.
On the other hand, saving history sounds better to me than a new parking lot. At least, someone is trying to do the right thing. Let's hope the project moves ahead quickly, and the church, now closed for three years, doesn't deteriorate even more.