NORTH ADAMS — The property that formerly housed Notre Dame Church and school officially has been sold to a local developer.
Moresi Commercial Investments, owned by David Moresi, purchased the property in late May for $10,000, according to records from the Northern Berkshire Registry of Deeds.
Last year, Moresi told the Eagle he planned to build market-rate apartments on the property. On Thursday, he could not be reached for comment.
The agreement has a restriction: The steeple and part of the roof must be preserved in the development, said Michael Nuvallie, director of community development for the city.
"We're known as the Steeple City, so to speak," he said. "All these old churches go by the wayside … [then] there goes the name."
Reorganization of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in 2005 closed the church and school, and the city then bought the property in the hopes of preserving the city's steeples, then-mayor and now state Rep. John Barrett III previously told the Eagle.
Several years ago, city developer The Square Office bid more than $250,00 for the property and proposed that it turn it into a 64-room hotel. But, that plan did not come to fruition, and the city issued another call for bids last year.
Other city property soon might change hands.
Mayor Tom Bernard said he expects that requests for proposals will go out this summer for the sales of the Sullivan School property and the Mohawk Theater. Though the city put out a request for proposals on the theater last year, Nuvallie said that of the two submitted, one was rejected and the other was not recommended to move forward.