Landmarks Preservation Commission nixes bid to save century-old Flatbush church

May 1, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
This is the Baptist Church of the Redeemer, which is slated for demolition so affordable housing and new church space can be built. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan
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Local efforts to save the Baptist Church of the Redeemer at Cortelyou Road and Ocean Avenue in Flatbush, built in 1919, have not succeeded, and the church’s building is now slated for demolition, according to City Limits.

The building has deteriorated over the years, leading to the congregation’s decision to demolish it and replace it, in partnership with Mutual Housing Association of New York, with a nine-story affordable housing development with space for the church on the ground floor. A local preservationist submitted a request with the Landmarks Preservation Commission in March for the church to be landmarked, City Limits said. The commission, however, determined “that it does not rise to the level of significance necessary for consideration as a potential individual landmark,” it told City Limits in a statement.

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