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Amid the closings of Cleveland Catholic churches, city officials — vexed by visions of vacant buildings in struggling neighborhoods — might want to take a look at what’s up in Buffalo.

Despite a weak real estate market, the Buffalo Catholic Diocese has had surprising success in selling its closed churches — often hulking, high-maintenance, heat-draining structures. To date, the diocese has sold 38 of the 77 church properties it closed during a three-year downsizing plan that began in 2005.

“Despite the economy, we have not seen a drop-off,” said diocese spokesman Kevin Keenan. “These are unique properties and there has been a significant number of people interested in them.”

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Article courtesy cleveland.com

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