From the Daily News:
David has beaten Goliath in Brownsville.
A coalition of community activists, politicians and an Italian-American group is celebrating after the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn this week changed its mind about demolishing Our Lady of Loreto Church, sources said.
"It means we're going to finally serve the needs of the community," said Patricia Deans, 69, director of the Brownsville Heritage Center, which helped lead the fight against tearing down the church, located on Sackman and Pacific Sts.
Deans and others have recommended the church be renovated and converted into a community center - an approach the diocese has decided to take, according to sources briefed on the decision.
"The neighborhood needs this. ... There's no community center here; this would be the first," said Deans.
The 102-year-old church, once a pillar in the former Italian-American neighborhood, has been closed for two years. The diocese wanted to tear it down and let a nonprofit developer build 88 units of affordable housing on the site.
But a group of activists proposed an alternative $21 million plan that called for converting the church into a community center and building 102 units of affordable housing.
And the Landmarks Preservation Commission should be taking action any day now...