CYO to sell both Federal Street buildings

CYO to sell both Federal Street buildings

WOONSOCKET - The two large buildings on Federal Street that serve as home to the Father Marot CYO Center are scheduled to go up for sale May 1, according to a press release put out by the organization's board of directors this week.

Calling the buildings at 53-77 Federal St. "an unsustainable financial drain on resources including heat, maintenance and insurance," the release stated that the organization is looking to relocate the center and its services.

"The decision was not an easy one," said John Boni, president of the board. "We do believe, though, that it is the most responsible stewardship of the generous resources provided to us by our benefactors, our member parishes, and the Diocese of Providence."

The Breeze announced the sale of the smaller building in the Christian Youth Organization complex last May, when Director Gina M. Czerwinski announced that they would no longer be renting out the function hall. Greater Woonsocket Catholic Regional School System, a longtime tenant of 77 Federal St., had to move their offices last year to accommodate a potential sale, and relocated to 1 Social St. That building in still on the market, however, and the consolidation that took place in 2013 seems not to have gone far enough to make the Father Marot center financially viable.

The board, Boni said, is currently in the process of negotiating a rental location that will allow the organization to continue to offer the retreats, prayer meetings and service programs.

"Youth ministry work is what Father Marot is all about and that will continue despite the sale of the buildings," Boni said.