The Church of Ascension in Greenpoint has reached a deal to sell off part of one of its buildings to a developer who plans to put in condos there. According to DNAinfo, the condos will not be in the historic church building pictured above which dates to 1866. Instead the church has sold off the top two floors of its parish hall to the developer. The Reverend John Merz pursued the deal in an effort to help save the struggling church and the story notes that this, “was one ‘creative way’ his congregation had found to cope with a shrinking membership and a financially strained Episcopal Diocese.” The developer will renovate the entire building as part of the deal and the church itself and community space will be preserved. Recently church has become the headquarters for Occupy Sandy volunteers. You can read more about the history of the church here.
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