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Catholic Diocese closes $1.3M sale of Sheehan residence

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The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has found a buyer for a former rectory, with the buyer turning the building into a mixed-use space.

The Diocese says it has closed on the sale of its Sheehan Residence for $1.3 million. The Linwood Avenue building once served as the rectory for what was then St. Joseph Cathedral on Delaware Avenue.

The buyer is identified as Mingo Junction Steel Works, which is affiliated with the Buffalo-based Frontier Group of Companies.

According to a written statement released by the Diocese, proceeds from the sale will be used to benefit the Retired Diocesan Priests' Medical Benefits Fund. It says Mingo will convert the space into a commercial-residential mix.

The brick three-story, 17,300-square-foot Sheehan building was constructed in 1928 and has 12 suites, some with kitchenettes, according to its online real estate posting. It also has a commercial kitchen and basement laundry.

Michael Mroziak is an experienced, award-winning reporter whose career includes work in broadcast and print media. When he joined the WBFO news staff in April 2015, it was a return to both the radio station and to Horizons Plaza.