Updated 08/23/2012 10:31 PM
Public meeting held to discuss plans for former St. Patrick’s Church
A revised plan for the old St. Patrick's Church in Watervliet was presented to residents and former parishioners at a public meeting Thursday night. Our Erin Vannella has more on what was said.
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WATERVLIET, N.Y. -- Watervliet residents got a look at a revamped proposal to build a Price Chopper on the site of the former St. Patrick's Church.
The City Council held a public hearing on the redrafted development plans Thursday night at the Watervliet Senior Citizens Center.
Over the last four months the fate of the church has been up for discussion, but a decision has still not been made. Some community members say they want to see the church renovated, while others say the cost to do that is too high.
The developer behind the controversial proposal, Nigro, says it overhauled the original plan to address community concerns, with five big changes. Those include bringing in additional shops, adding more green space, adding sound barriers and traffic accommodations to protect neighbors, as well as matching the architectural style of the area.
Despite all the changes though, there are still concerns about pleasing the community.
“The Price Chopper folks doing building design had to make some merchandising changes, because what you do to the outside of the building when you put windows in and so forth. I certainly hope this will satisfy most of the people, it will never satisfy them all," said John Nigro, CEO of Nigro Companies.
The church was closed down last year during a round of church consolidations and officials with the diocese say every day the decision is delayed is costing them $125 in property insurance.