The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh announced today that the city of Pittsburgh would be asked for permission to demolish the former St. Nicholas Church on East Ohio Street.
St. Nicholas Parish of Millvale, which owns the old church, and the diocese had an engineering study done of the building and a hillside retaining wall, according to a news release. It determined the building is deteriorating to the point that it presents a safety hazard for Route 28 traffic.
The building has been closed since December 2004, and in that time the parish has spent $350,000 to maintain it, the release said. Another $2 million would be needed to make it safe and it still would not be usable.
Various potential purchasers of the historic building have come forward over the years, but there have been no firm offers.
St. Nicholas Parish is seeking a "certificate of appropriateness" from the city so that the stained glass windows can be removed and re-used before the former church building is demolished.
"Such a certificate is required because the former church building was designated a historic structure by the city without the consent of the parish on July 13, 2001," the release said.