Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Landmark status for St. John’s Episcopal Church?

From Brooklyn-

With shock over the news that Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Bay Ridge is closing due to declining congregation numbers still settling in for community residents, speculation has begun over that will happen to the church building after the last service is held there in September.

Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-parts of Bensonhurst) told the Brooklyn Eagle in an email that he will explore the possibility of having the church building designated as a city landmark to protect it from developers who might be looking at the property as a site for luxury condos.

“I intend to work with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island to do whatever we can to protect and preserve this unique landmark – one with a tremendous history not only locally but woven into the fabric of our nation,” Gentile wrote in the email.

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