Historic St. Patrick’s Church in Watervliet, NY is threatened with destruction, to be replaced by a Price-Chopper supermarket. The Gothic revival church was built in 1890 by the Irish immigrant population as a replica of Our Lady of Lourdes basilica in France. Its brick rectory, school, and several adjacent brick row houses would also be demolished. The Watervliet City Council voted on November 20th, 2012 to amend the site’s zoning laws pertaining to allow commercial use. Their action would permit the demolition of these buildings which are eligible for historic preservation. The proposed development remains in conflict with the city’s recently approved Comprehensive Plan.
We are fighting this short-sighted proposition in court and need all the support we can get to oppose the powers that be. We are seeking alternate investors and preservation minded supporters. Please join us in continuing to oppose demolition and advocate for an adaptive reuse of this magnificent structure! Citizens for St Patricks PO Box 62 Watervliet, NY 12189
What We Need & What You Get
In order to save this historic property and protect the future of this community we are:
1) Fighting the zoning change and development proposal approval in court.
2) Publicizing the fate of this historic property and soliciting support for preservation.
3) Seeking investors willing to develop the property with preservation in mind.
The Church closed barely more than one year ago as the last church of six to close in the parish community as part of a planned consolidation to a smaller, newer, remodeled church.
The property was never publicly advertised for sale and unlike the other closed churches, it was not sold to developers willing to maintain it as a church or preserve it via an alternate use. It was offered to a large local development company with ties to the diocese. A zoning change was required for the demolition and proposed redevelopment of the 3 acre site in the heart of the densely populated city. Plans are to build a new grocery store to replace the current derilict one with a larger, more modern store by the same company (Golub Corp) that let the current market deteriorate over just 30 years.
Our grass roots community group, not yet 501 c 3, has fought the rezoning and demolition plans since the start in March 2012. The recent zoning approval by the City Council changes the fight to the court room.
The goal is to preserve the fabric of our main street, the soul of our community, and our legacy. It is our contention that the property does not need as much restoration work as the diocese claims. And it could be repurposed for community use, a central marketplace, events center, or so much more.
In order to stop the current proposal and imminent demolition our group needs to secure legal assistance to block demolition and overturn the City Council decision.
- Check out www.citizensforstpatricks.com for more information
Other Ways You Can Help
You can also help by signing our online petition.
You can spread the word about our cause via Facebook
You can write to Price Chopper aka Golub Corporation to voice your views and perhaps motivate them to invest in the preservation of the property rather than the demolition and redevelopment of the property for their inteded profit at the expense of the local community. Attn: Mona Golub
461 Nott St.
Schenectady, NY, 12308 United States
You can help us connect to preservationist, investors, developers, activists, subject matter experts and to donors that can help us move forward in our cause.
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