Three congregations, including one in York, are potential buyers of a 140-year-old York City church once slated for demolition.
But, for now, Trinity United Methodist Church, 241 E. King St., remains on the market, church trustee Leslie Shrader said Thursday. Among those interested is a Spanish-speaking congregation in York called the Potter's House, Shrader said.
Churches in Harrisburg and Baltimore have also expressed interest, he said.
Engineers have repeatedly said that Trinity's truss-supported slate roof is falling apart. Without the financial means to fix it and unable to find a buyer for the property, Trinity leaders last year found themselves in a quagmire of conflicting directives from city officials.
Having deemed the building unsafe and at risk of imminent collapse, York City Fire Chief Steve Buffington ordered the church immediately demolished. The congregation, attempting to comply with the order, applied for a demolition permit.
But the request was denied by the York City Council, which sided with preservationists who found the church too culturally and aesthetically important to knock down.
Earlier this year, the church's congregation submitted a plan to the city to temporarily stabilize the 25,000-square-foot building while continuing to look for a buyer. City officials approved.- Erin James may also be reached at email@example.com.