WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) - A closed Roman Catholic church in Waterville is scheduled to be demolished this month to make way for low-income senior housing.

Work to tear down St. Francis de Sales, its rectory and parish hall is expected to start this weekend with the removal of slate and copper from the roof.

A 34,000-square foot building with 40 units for 62 people is expected to open in June 2014.

Facilities manager Mike Hebert tells the Morning Sentinel they have already received applications from prospective tenants.

The 137-year-old church is part of Corpus Christi Parish. It was closed because it was too expensive to maintain.

The church was on the market for years before the Diocese of Portland bought it with a federal grant and decided to convert the site to senior housing.

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