The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission handed a crushing blow to Ditmas Park residents when it rejected a petition to landmark a nearly century-old church in the neighborhood.
City Limits first reported on the LPC’s verdict. A statement issued to City Limits read, “We appreciate the importance of the building to its community, but in a city the size of New York, with its many religious structures, the Commission must be very selective in choosing examples of this building type for designation as individual landmarks.”
The Baptist Church of the Redeemer is set to be replaced by a nine-story supportive housing building with a new church at the base. The project is a partnership between the Church and affordable housing developer, Mutual Housing Association of New York. Church officials told City Limits that the building was beyond repair, and that the church would better be able to serve the community as part of a new structure.
Local residents fear however that a building of this size will be out of scale in the neighborhood, and could encourage future tall developments, according to City Limits. Now that Landmarks has officially rejected the designation bid, demolition on the church can move forward. The residential project is expected to be complete in the next couple of years.