Demolition Permit Issued for Our Lady of Loreto Church in Ocean Hill

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The city has issued a demolition permit for Our Lady of Loreto Church at 126 Sackman Street, meaning the beloved Ocean Hill church could be demolished any day. The demolition permit was issued on March 24 to demolition firm Titan Industrial Services Corporation.

The Renaissance style church was completed in 1908 and designed by architect Adriano Armezzani, an Italian immigrant who worked with fellow Italian craftsmen — including a sculptor, painter and builder — to complete the project.

Shuttered by the diocese in 2009, it has been at the center of an ongoing struggle between preservation and demolition ever since. After the closure and abandoning plans for demolition, the diocese leased the land to another Catholic organization, Catholic Charities.

An agreement was signed with the State Historic Preservation Office not to demolish the church, and to build an $18 million development consisting of 64 affordable units on part of the land. The plan to reuse the church as a community center never panned out.

My Grandma Evelyn went to the school here in the 30s/40s. #eastnewyork #brooklyn #ourladyofloreto

In June 2016, the Diocese of Brooklyn filed a request for a permit for the “full demolition” of the church. The permit was not granted at the time, and on February 23 of this year the State Historic Preservation Office sent a letter to the diocese “strongly” encouraging them to work with the Brownsville Cultural Coalition and conduct a conditions study to assess possible uses for the building.

Community members have been working to have the building designated a local landmark, which would protect it, and in March of this year New York State Senator Tony Avella and the Brownsville Cultural Coalition gathered for a press conference in an effort to save the building.

The Brownsville Cultural Coalition is still hoping to save the building, urging community members and architecture lovers to contact the Landmarks Commission to request the Department of Building put a hold on the demolition. They also have a change.org petition here.

ATTENTION! ATTENTION! ATTENTION! Our Lady of Loreto (OLL) needs our immediate help. This beautiful church, located at 126 Sackman Street, is threatened to be demolished within the next few days now that the Diocese of Brooklyn has obtained demolition permits to do so. _ This is devastating news but we are not giving up on losing this special building. As members of the  Brownsville Cultural Coalition, the group formed to save OLL, we would like to ask for your support by making your voices heard by contacting:  _ (1) the Landmarks Preservation Commission: Submit Comments to http://bit.ly/lpc-contact -ask them to have the department of buildings put the demolition order on hold _ (2) Governor Cuomo's office at (518) 474-8390 -ask him to intervene with the department of buildings demolition order  _ If you haven't already, sign the change.org petition: http://bit.ly/change-ollpetition _ Be part of history by saving history. Let's not let this gem be destroyed. Thank you! _______________ * ¡ATENCIÓN! ¡ATENCIÓN! ¡ATENCIÓN!Nuestra Señora de Loreto (OLL) necesita nuestra ayuda inmediata. Esta hermosa iglesia, ubicada en 126 Sackman Street, está amenazada de ser demolida dentro de los próximos días, ahora que la Diócesis de Brooklyn ha obtenido permisos de demolición para hacerlo. _ Esta es una noticia devastadora, pero no estamos renunciando a perder este edificio especial. Como miembros de la Coalición Cultural de Brownsville, el grupo se formó para salvar OLL, nos gustaría pedir su apoyo haciendo sus voces escuchando poniéndose en contacto con: _ (1) la Comisión de Preservación de la Ciudad de Nueva York: Envie sus Comentarios Http://bit.ly/lpc-contact y pidale al departamento de edificios que ponga la orden de demolición en espera _ (2) Oficina del Gobernador Cuomo al (518) 474-8390 pidanle que intervenga con el departamento de orden de demolición de edificios _ Si aún no lo ha hecho, firme la petición de change.org: http://bit.ly/change-ollpetition _ Sea parte de la historia salvando la historia. No dejemos que esta joya sea destruida. ¡Gracias! #thisplacematters #savingplaces #oll #saveourladyofloreto #brownsville #eastnewyork #brooklyn #janejacobs

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