Historic Brownsville church site sits vacant as senior housing moves slowly

Nov 06, 2019 205

BY: Lore Croghan

The Brownsville lot where a Catholic church built by immigrants stood for a century is still vacant, two years after the historic house of worship was torn down. Weeds are growing on the rubble-and-trash-strewn site of Our Lady of Loreto at 126 Sackman St., which activists wanted to landmark and turn into a community cultural center. Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development Corp., which controls the site through a long-term lease, won’t break ground on seniors housing there until next year.

“Given the many different parties involved in an affordable housing project as well as the limited resources dedicated to such purposes, it takes time to bring everything together (environmental studies, financing, coordination with city and state agencies, architectural and design),” spokesperson Lucy Garrido-Mota told the Brooklyn Eagle. “We anticipate breaking ground in early 2020.”

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SOURCE: https://brooklyneagle.com/

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