There's been an interesting development in the St. Saviour's situation. Last night at the community board 5 meeting, someone read a letter sent to CB5 from Lee Principe, son of the late hallowed and beloved Maspeth activist and former CB5 chairman, Frank Principe, calling for community unity in order to save the St. Saviour's church complex in Maspeth as well as the entire land surrounding it.
In his letter, Lee Principe said that 20 years ago when his father fought to rezone West Maspeth to save both the industrial sites and homes in the area, he envisioned that the church grounds would one day become a park. In fact, the meetings the elder Principe had with the Department of City Planning were held in the parish hall of St. Saviour's (the same part of the building the developer attempted to illegally demolish in early December).
The community board members applauded in response to the letter and the Juniper Park Civic Association says on their website today that they are looking forward to working with their councilman and CB5 to save the entire piece of land.
The only missing piece of the puzzle is the response of Councilman Dennis Gallagher, who has been making a deal with the developer to spare the church if building is allowed surrounding it. He wasn't present at the community board meeting last night. So the only question left to ask is:
"What will Dennis do?"