Demolition of Como Park neighbhorhood church building still on hold

The case to preserve the building might be taken by an appeals court

July 23, 2019 - 4:53 am

For now, the planned demolition of a historic church building in St. Paul's Como Park neighborhood is on hold.  

That's because a temporary restraining order blocking the demotion of the former St. Andrew's sanctuary remains in place. 

The order was scheduled to expire Monday when a group wanting the save the building failed to pay off a two-million dollar bond.  

But Ramsey County Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary extended the deadline until an appeals court decides whether to take the case.

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In his ruling Monday, Judge Cleary said he's made the ruling as soon as possible.

It's believed that decision could be made as early as Tuesday.

The building, which went up in the 1920's, was sold by the Catholic Church a decade ago when the St. Andrews congregation merged with another church.

The sanctuary is now owned by the Twin Cities German Immersion School.  

Administrators want to tear the historic building down to put up a new facility, saying their growing enrollment has made the project necessary.

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