From the NY Times:
In February, Mr. Kim said that the spires would be taken down and capped as soon as the weather permitted. But the company the church hired never did the job, Mr. Kim said.
About a month ago, United Methodist began working with another contractor who took a different approach.
“He said, ‘Why do you insist on taking them down?’ ”recalled Marie White, who joined the church in 1957. “They can be stabilized and redone.”
This month, that process began: Several concrete blocks were poured in an outdoor churchyard. This week, cables are being attached to the blocks to secure the steeples from four different directions, Mr. Kim said.
“It will stabilize for wind or earthquakes or whatever,” he said.
Stabilizing the spires is cheaper than demolishing them, but it is only the first step in restoring the church, Mr. Kim said: The building needs a new roof and new paint; it suffers from severe termite damage; and it has large cracks that are visible in its facade.
It is unclear how those repairs will be financed.