The deal will close on May 5, according to Monsignor John C. Tosi, the church’s pastor, in a notice included in the parish’s April 24 bulletin.
The church, located at 16-34 Clintonville St., will sell a portion of the parish property that is directly across from the St. Luke Catholic School.
“The selling price will enable us to pay off the parish debt of $3,000,000; complete the necessary repairs to parish buildings and hopefully put money in the bank for future needs.” Pastor Tosi explained in the notice.
The construction project will include the development of one or two family homes, after extensive buyer negotiations and dealings with the Diocesan Real Estate Office. The final decision resulted from consultation with the Parish Pastoral Council, the Parish Trustees and Parish Finance Council.
“Change is never easy so I am sure that there will be a necessary period of transition,” Tori said.
He added that he will work closely with St. Luke’s Principal Barbara Reiter and Sister Katherine Burke, director of religious education, to organize new procedures for the pupils. The readjustments will include alternations for the arrival and dismissal of students from both the school and religious education program.
“Hopefully, as always, working together we can adjust to this new reality and in fact use it for the betterment of the parish and school now and for years into the future,” Tori wrote.
St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church was built in Whitestone and operated since October 1866.
QNS attempted to contact a spokesperson at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, but a response was denied.