Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Workers are dismantling the interior of Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church
Reps for developer Douglas Steiner filed permits in late April to demolish the now-vacant parcel of Mary Help of Christians that includes the church, school and rectory, as we first reported.
Steiner has plans to convert the property into a residential complex
And workers have been on the scene this morning tossing/carting various items from the church on East 12th Street between Avenue A and First Avenue.
Ruth, a neighbor, reports that workers are "tossing out stacks of hymnals or prayer books. Also bookshelves, computer, books, furniture."
A little later, the workers were spotted removing parts of the former church's pews...
On May 23, local preservationists called for a complete archaeological evaluation of the grounds below Mary Help of Christians Church on East 12th Street. The site was once home to a cemetery, and the groups are concerned that some burial plots may remain.
The church opened in 1917.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Permits filed to demolish Mary Help of Christians church, school and rectory
Preservationists call for archeological review of former cemetery at Mary Help of Christians site