(Trib LIVE) - A commercial building in West Mifflin could soon become a monastery.
This month, the West Mifflin zoning board approved Niagara Falls, N.Y.-based Holy Cross Orthodox Monastery's application to put a monastery in a building at 5055 Buttermilk Hollow Road, which is in a residentially zoned area.
Holy Cross plans to buy the property from First National Bank of Pennsylvania. It would contain living quarters for three to five monks, a small chapel and a gift shop, according to the application it filed with the borough.
"We intend to do spiritual counseling, also reach out to the people who don't have anybody," said the Rev. Nicholas Iuhos, who declined to disclose specifics about Holy Cross' plans. He said nothing has been finalized.
Holy Cross does not need any more borough documentation or approvals, other than a certificate of occupancy when it is ready to move in, said Walter "Butch" Anthony, West Mifflin's community development director.
The building's current tenants -- a real estate firm, a law office and a provider of in-home services for senior citizens -- will relocate, said Mary Bell, owner-broker of Kaybrook Real Estate, which will move one building over in May.
Hermitage-based First National foreclosed on the property in 2010.
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services' website lists the property's sale price as $185,000. The real estate agent representing First National declined to comment. First National would only confirm that the property is still listed and that it was obtained through a foreclosure.
The 59-year-old building contains 6,089 square feet, and the land and structure -- on two parcels -- are assessed at $240,400, according to the Allegheny County Assessor's Office.