WARREN, R.I. (AP) _ A new buyer has stepped in to prevent developers from demolishing the former St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Warren.
The church, which was designed by Russell Warren and built in the 1830s, closed in 2010 amid troubled finances and a shrinking congregation. The building was acquired by developers last May from the Diocese of Rhode Island.
Businessman David Westcott tells the Providence Journal he has purchased the building from those developers to prevent it from being torn down.
The news comes following a prayer vigil Thursday that was organized by former parish members to try and save the church.
Westcott says he plans to restore the building's exterior and is open to a new congregation moving into the church. But he says he may move into the building himself.