Former Jefferson St. School sold to Tom, Sally Pellegrino

The former Jefferson Street School is in new hands.

According to court documents, Thomas and Sally Pellegrino of Warren purchased the property on July 26 for the price of $102,000, from Goshen Choi and Juyoung Joanna Choi representing the New York Seokwang Korean Presbyterian Church of Sunnyside, N.Y.

The church acquired the property in January 2008 with the goal of setting up a seminary. Neighbors report that the building was used as a seminary for “five days.”

“They’ve already done some clearing,” City Code Official Alan Gustafson said. “He’s already working.”

The area in front of the building has already been cleaned up, with shrubbery and the sign that still advertised visits to South Street and Warren Area Elementary Center and even an ice cream social at WAEC removed. Piled of brush along the front of the building had been removed by Tuesday.

The property is in an R2 residential zone.

According to the city’s zoning ordinance, single- and multi-family dwellings are permitted in R2 zones.

The 34,600-square-foot property needs some work, according to Pellegrino.

He did not divulge any details of his development plans. Asked what he had in mind for the building, he said, “Sweat equity.”