LEWISTON — Plans to demolish Lewiston’s historic St. Joseph’s church are on hold for now.

The 159-year-old closed and deconsecrated church building and rectory were sold for $125,000 in May to Central Maine Healthcare, which announced plans to tear it down to create a parking lot for the nearby hospital.

A hospital spokesman tells the Sun Journal those plans are now on hold. Chuck Gill says the hospital will take another look at the church and site and look at other options.

He previously said the church is in such poor condition that it’s not worth renovating.

Lewiston Director of Planning and Code Enforcement Gil Arsenault says there is still a chance the church will be torn down.

Some people protested plans to tear down the former Roman Catholic church.

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