Crown Heights church accuses developer of breaching contract

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A Crown Heights church says the developer it sold its property to is walking back on the terms of the deal.

The Charity Neighborhood Baptist Church sold the property five years ago on the condition that there be ground-floor space for a religious sanctuary in a new apartment building at 1515 Bedford Ave.

But now, critics say the developer has relocated that religious space to the basement, which also has no windows. The ground-floor space went to commercial units.

Church officials say they would not have sold the property if the agreement had involved putting the sanctuary in a basement.

The church's attorney says a resolution without litigation is preferable, but the community is prepared to go to court over what they describe as a clear breach of contract.

The developer did not immediately respond to a News 12 request for comment.

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