Brownsville Coalition tries to stop church demolition

Some Brownsville residents and elected officials are fighting to save a church from being demolished.



The Brownsville Coalition has asked for the building to become a landmark so it could be used as a cultural beacon in the community. But instead of a cultural center, Our Lady of Loreto Church is set to be replaced by affordable housing, according to Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, which leases the property.



The church has sat vacant and padlocked for years, and it has fallen into a state of disrepair. Catholic Charities says it would cost $9 million to make necessary fixes.



The Landmarks Preservation Commission says it is not considering the church at this time due to a lack of stakeholder support.



The coalition has called on City Councilman Rafael Espinal to back their cause. He told News 12 in a statement that he respects the decision of the property owner to use the space as they see fit, but he will work with all parties "to ensure a positive outcome."


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