target: To save the beautiful "Our Lady of Loreto " Church from being demolished
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For More information, Please visit Our Lady of Loreto web site-http://www.loretochurch.com/ LATEST NEWS Please see below- NY Daily News Article that ran 2/24/10
A holy war has broken out in Brownsville over the fate of a historic Catholic church that was closed last year.
The Diocese of Brooklyn wants to sell off Our Lady of Loreto, on Sackman and Pacific Sts., and let a nonprofit developer tear it down and build 88 affordable apartments on the site.
But an alliance of community activists, an Italian-American society and another developer are fighting to preserve the church and turn it into a community center - while building 102 affordable apartments on nearby church property.
"We would've converted it into a cultural center for the neighborhood to have for the next hundred years, and they're destroying [it]," said Charles Piazza, a member of Italian Americans for Preservation and Community.
"That's the big difference," said Piazza, 57, who was baptized in Our Lady of Loreto in 1962 and now lives in the Bronx.
Piazza and other preservationists said they have been negotiating with the diocese since last May. But talks suddenly stalled early this month, and diocese officials stopped returning their calls, they said.
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