BROOKLYN - Residents and community activists were overjoyed to hear the Lady of Loreto Church will not be demolished.

The 102-year-old church has been a fixture in the community but was closed for the last two years. Originally, the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn was going to demolish the church and let a developer put up affordable housing units.

However, community members proposed a plan to convert the church into a community center. The diocese agreed with the idea.

The church will not be demolished, but 50 affordable housing units will be developed on the land.