Saint Clement's church of Belford was swamped by water that rushed across Route 36 during Hurricane Sandy a year ago.
Although insurance has funded a brand new gas heating furnace and hot water tank for the high-ceilinged church that accommodated up to 70 parishioners, the basements and walls of the church and parish house remain damaged.
The people of the parish have since merged with Saint Mark's Church of Keansburg, where they now worship.
Since January, the Diocese of New Jersey has been shopping the property for $1.2 million.
"If you’re looking for a business, you've got a great piece of land at
1.3 acres," said real estate agent David Mackey. The access to the highway and proximity to Sandy Hook are great assets, he said. "Parcels like that are hard to come by." Food catering companies have shown interest, he said.