LONGMEADOW, MA – A religious organization may be interested in utilizing a property in Longmeadow as its house of worship.
In his monthly report to the Select Board, Building Inspector Paul Healy indicated his office had recently been contacted by the Colvest Group, a Springfield-based real estate firm, regarding the possibility of a new church at the former First Church of Christ Scientist church building located at 916 Williams St.
While there is some level of interest, there are no imminent plans for the property. When contacted by the Longmeadow News, Healy said there had been “no movement on that yet.”
The building and nearly 3 acres of land were purchased by the Colvest Group on April 23, 2015 for $1.1 million, according to records kept by the Hampden County Register of Deeds. It was last assessed at approximately $1.08 million, according to town records.
The building was originally constructed in 1963; the brick building consists of 6,410 square feet of usable space, including a large auditorium. The First Church of Christ Scientist of Longmeadow merged with the First Church of Christ of Springfield in 1996 and worshiped at this location for nearly 20 years.
Healy also informed the board he expected to receive a building permit for exterior work on the Brewer-Young Mansion at 734 Longmeadow Road in order to replace deficient columns. That work has since begun, but Healy indicated he expected it would be some time before he would receive any permit applications for interior work as the plans would likely not be ready.
The Longmeadow Historic Preservation Partners have been working to restore the historic property since gaining approval for a zoning change from residential to commercial at a Town Meeting on Jan. 25, 2018. The renovations were estimated to cost approximately $2 million.
Addressing regular complaints about high grass, Healy theorized drenching rains the area experienced in May were the culprit, as many landscapers became backed up. The complaints, he said, were because “residents were very impatient with their neighbors.”
Healy noted in his report he is entering a busy season as he has received a steady stream of building permits that require his inspection.
– By Chris Maza