New Haven church rehab plan stirs up members, neighbors

Mar 13, 2014 806

by Mary E. O'Leary

Longtime members of St. Michael's Church told zoning officials Tuesday that they don't want their century-plus church to face the same fate as Sacred Heart Church, which remains shuttered and unused in the Hill. St. Michael's, which is in the heart of Wooster Square, like many Catholic parishes, is facing hard times with a dwindling number of parishioners.

To stay open, they have brought in developers Jacob and Josef Feldman to convert the former school, gym and convent around the corner on Greene Street to 39 apartments. But the neighbors said the project was too dense and it cannot absorb the additional parking in an area where it is already hard to accommodate residents, visitors and church-goers.

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