Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The Archdiocese of Detroit recently reached agreements to sell our Gabriel Richard Building located at 305 Michigan Avenue in downtown Detroit as well as our Chancery Building at 1234 Washington Boulevard and an adjacent, unoccupied two-story building. The archdiocesan Print Shop building in Corktown has also been sold. The total proceeds from these transactions is $3,254,000.
The sale of the Gabriel Richard Building and Print Shop were among recommendations in 2009 to stabilize archdiocesan finances and the sale of these aging buildings will eliminate mounting outlays for maintenance and repairs. Our Central Services staff and operations will move into leased space at 1212 Griswold in Detroit’s Capitol Park when renovation work is completed next year. The Print Shop will move to Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.
This consideration of our ministries, people, facilities, and resources is consistent with the Together in Faith pastoral planning process and parish collaborations, which sometimes result in merging and consolidating into fewer buildings.
With this relocation, we will continue our Catholic witness in Detroit, retaining 185 jobs in the core downtown area where almost all Central Services staff will be under one roof to increase efficiencies and collaboration in service to you, God’s people.
Please join me in asking the Virgin Mother of God to protect and advance our efforts to fulfill Christ’s mission to his Church.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit