St. Mary’s convent demolition underway

CORNING – The $200,000 demolition of the historic convent adjacent to St. Mary’s Church, off State Street, is expected to be completed by the end of the week.

Deacon Dean Condon, church pastoral administrator, said the 7,776-square foot building was used as a convent until the mid-1970s — it stopped at that time because there were no longer any sisters living at the residence.

“After that it was used for a variety of different things ranging from serving the poor to housing activities,” Condon said. “About 10 years ago the decision was made to no longer use the building for any activities.”

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