The Real Deal New York

Alternate proposal for Bay Ridge church still on the table

September 18, 2008 02:26PM

Council member Vincent Gentile and preservationists are still trying to save the 19th century Bay Ridge United Methodist Church in Brooklyn. The church already entered into a contract with Brooklyn developer Abe Betesh to tear down the church, building a new, smaller church and erecting a condominium on the property. The only other proposal still on the table came from Engel Burman Group, a Long Island-based developer who wants to keep the church’s green serpentine stone facade, and build residential units with a medical facility for senior citizens. The church would retain the property and collect annual revenue on the ground lease, while building the new church with the developer.

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