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November 3, 2022

Suffield church could become apartments

Loopnet 140 South Main St., Suffield

A historic church in Suffield could be repurposed into a 16-unit apartment complex.

An application from James R. McMahon to the Suffield Planning and Zoning Commission calls for “an adaptive re-use” of the former St. Joseph Catholic Church at 140 South Main St.

The 72-year-old landmark structure is located in Suffield’s Historic District, and plans would keep the building’s original footprint.

The redevelopment calls for converting the space into 16 apartment units over three floors, with 12, two-bedroom units and four, one-bedroom units. Two units will be affordable. 

Built in 1952, the church contains 12,600 square feet of space and is currently owned by the Sacred Heart Parish Corp. of Suffield. 

Applicants said there have been numerous efforts made over the years to maintain the existing character of the building and landscape, including drafting a shared parking agreement with neighboring parish property at 156 South Main St., which alleviated the need to add parking to the 140 Main St. property. 

According to the application, the developer plans to create an area in honor of Suffield’s Stephen Bixler and Dustin Doyon for their sacrifice in service of the nation, in the location where the statue of St. Joseph is now located. 

The new development, if approved, would be called Memorial Estates.

This application also needs to go before the town Historic Commission for approval.


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