Davis College Gets Deed to Local Church

By Callan Gray

Davis College Gets Deed to Local Church

January 10, 2013 Updated Jan 10, 2013 at 6:53 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Two years ago, Blessed Sacrament was a catholic church. But that was before two floods left it severely damaged. Now a new denomination will occupy it.

Davis College officially bought the church Thursday.

Father Edward Zandy gave an evangelical school the deed to his church today after months of talks.

Davis College bought the church for $900,000 and they plan to spend another $2 million renovating the building.

The have raised half a million dollars so far towards their goal.

The college plans to use the church as a second campus called Chrisfield Campus.

It will have a chapel, classrooms and business office.

"Our students are very excited about it," said Dr. Dino Pedrone, Davis College. "Of course many of them are saying 'we're here for a year, two or three whatever it is, get the work done so we can enjoy it as well'"

The college hopes to open a "Practical Institute."

Students and professionals will help other churches develop websites and learn to use computer programs.

"We're starting down there with kind of a back-hall technology center," said Pedrone. "We'd like to build and we have some people already coming in to help us with that."

Father Edward Zandy is happy with the transfer.

"The people of Blessed Sacrament felt very good about the fact that the church they loved so much could be used as a chapel, place of worship," said Zandy.

The deed signing was the final step of process that started in December 2011.

Parishioners left their church for St. Vincent De Paul in Vestal after a flood cost them $200 million in damages.

They already paid $1.6 million in 2006 after a previous flood.