Plans to salvage part of the burnt-out St. Paul's Catholic Church in Aylmer, Que., have been abandoned because the parish was unable to attract a large financial backer.

The church was consumed by fire on June 11, 2009, and parishioners had been trying to salvage the surviving 120-year-old stone walls.

The remaining structure will now be demolished to make room for the construction of a new church.

The parish had originally hoped to rebuild with the stone walls and add a public library and cultural space to host performances. The cost was pegged at as much as $4 million.

The fire was believed to be arson, but no one was ever charged.