What sort of party do you throw for a long-vacant church whose new owners want to turn it into a condominium? Why, a vigil of course!
Preservationist group Landmark West plans to hold a vigil on Monday night at 8 p.m. at the Northwest corner of 96th street and Central Park West to draw attention to the drawn-out process to convert the church on that corner (formerly the First Church of Christ, Scientist and later the Crenshaw Church) into a condo complex. The landmarked church won approval last year from the Landmarks Preservation Commission to be filled with apartments. The inside was gutted.
But it’s been held up since then at the Board of Standards and Appeals, which grants exceptions to the zoning code. The BSA has been mulling this project for months, and reports came out in March that the developer had decided to drop the idea for now. But the BSA is continuing to review it and another vote is now set for June 2.
Landmark West also says the public should be especially vigilant because of the involvement of lobbyists in attempting to get the deal approved. Their flyer about their opposition is here.
The still-open question is: what will this vacant property become if this project fails?