From the Daily News:
The Diocese of Brooklyn wants to sell off Our Lady of Loreto, on Sackman and Pacific Sts., and let a nonprofit developer tear it down and build 88 affordable apartments on the site.
But an alliance of community activists, an Italian-American society and another developer are fighting to preserve the church and turn it into a community center - while building 102 affordable apartments on nearby church property.
Jeff Dunston, director of the North East Brooklyn Housing Development Corp., which is working with the community to save the church, said the alternative proposal would work if the diocese would give it a chance.
"We're a diverse team; we're two cultures that represent where Brownsville has been," said Dunston. "This church has survived the transitions of the community."
Not to pick on the News twice in one day, but I couldn't help but notice that within this article, there's...
No statement from the LPC.
No statement from the elected officials.
No statement from any citywide preservation group.
Hello? Where do the above stand on this? Would have been nice to include.
Well, I think this community should have no fear. The LPC just designated the West Park Church on the Upper West Side (an active church) over the objections of the congregation.
If it's good enough for the Upper West Side, it damn well better be good enough for Brownsville, where the community wants to repurpose and use the building that no longer has a congregation.
When Jake Pearson writes his follow up that better be the answer he gets from all three listed above as well as from Landmarks Pest!
I'll be watching this one closely.