Group files an appeal to stop demolition of St. Patrick's Church
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WATERVLIET, N.Y. -- A judge decided Friday not to stop the demolition of St. Patrick's Church in Watervliet. The battle may not be over yet, as the group Concerned Citizens for Saint Patrick's Church has filed an appeal with the city to overturn the demolition permits.
The group hopes the city's Zoning Board of Appeals will determine the demolition permits were not issued correctly.
"We're hopeful that when they look at it, given their great familiarity with the practice and the rules in the city of Watervliet that they will decide that those permits were not properly issued, that they cannot be issued at this time and rescind them," said Rosemary Nichols, Member of Concerned Citizens.
The group wants to have the school and living quarters on the property sold as residential housing.
They said by selling those buildings, it would allow the city more time to decide what to do with the church.
A developer plans to knock it down, replacing it with a grocery store and retail complex.