The new owner of a Platt Park church hopes to repurpose the structure for residential use.
Denver-based Revesco Properties, in partnership with Sprocket president Bill Moore, purchased 1700-1710 S. Grant St. in Denver earlier this month for $3.15 million.
The 25,937-square-foot building on 1 acre was once known as South Presbyterian Church.
The seller was The Presbytery of Denver, a religious organization which oversees 50 congregations around the region, according to its website. Todd Snyder and Evan Makovsky of NAI Shames Makovsky represented the seller.
Revesco Properties President and CEO Rhys Duggan said partner Moore brought the building to his attention.
“The opportunities to do something unique, they don’t come along often, especially not now,” he said.
Olivia Hudson Smith, stated clerk of The Presbytery of Denver, said the congregation that used to worship at South Presbyterian has been “dissolved for many years.” Since then, she said, the worship space has been used by some small “fellowships,” or groups of worshippers that haven’t taken the steps to become a congregation.
The building’s main function recently has been housing the Presbytery’s main offices. Hudson Smith said only four employees work there, and the organization chose to sell because it just doesn’t need all the space.
“Good stewardship says we can use our proceeds from the sale for different and better uses for our ministry,” she said.
Duggan said the property needs to be rezoned in order to be developed.
Duggan said the ownership’s current inclination is to convert the church into condos, and then build single-family homes or townhouses on the south end of the lot, which currently is a parking lot. He wants to preserve a small community garden on the property.
On Friday, a notice posted outside the church indicated that the city had received a demolition application for the property. Duggan said Moore may have applied for a demolition permit in case one was needed, but that the hope is to preserve the church.
“I try not to tear old buildings down in Denver,” Duggan said. “I just think it brings bad karma.”
The Presbytery is leasing back the building until it moves its offices to a new space.