Historic Queens church site home to alleged illegal activity

(Video source: Queens Crap)

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Allegations of illegal construction are cropping up at a Maspeth, Queens church site. Local residents have been fighting to preserve the 160-year-old St. Saviour’s Church, which was designed by the architect of famed Trinity Church and which was facing possible demolition by Maspeth Development. Although plans have been in place to save the main church building and relocate it to a safer spot in the same neighborhood, neighbors have been complaining that some unauthorized work has been going on at the site. A St. Saviour’s activist was outraged when she saw bulldozers destroy a portion of the church’s retaining wall, Curbed reported, and accused the Department of Buildings of nefarious activity like engaging in bribes and falsifying reports. For now the construction has been halted by city officials, although the DOB maintains that the construction activity is both legal and safe.

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