Rep. Ritchie Torres to introduce legislation to redevelop church site as land bank
THE BRONX - A Bronx councilman has come up with an idea about what do with a dilapidated Grand Concourse church.
The church, located at the corner of 175th Street and the Grand Concourse, has fallen into disrepair with holes in the walls and a collapsed ceiling.
The Department of Housing Preservation tells News 12 it installed scaffolding and is maintaining the building since the property owner has failed to do so.
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Records indicate that Pilgrim United Church owns the building.
Rep. Ritchie Torres is introducing legislation that would establish the site as a land bank. The land bank would be a vehicle for taking properties and then redeveloping it into a community asset, including affordable housing or a community center.
News 12 did reach out to the building's owner. A woman named Shirley claims the church is actually under construction and is not abandoned.