Unbelievable! There's a proposal to demolish
St. Patrick's Church in Watervliet (across the Hudson from Troy)...
...and replace it with a parking lot+strip mall!
(Do they look like snake oil salesmen or what?)
This would be a very shocking 'not-an-eyesore to eyesore' transformation. Not only would the church itself be demolished, but a number of surrounding buildings would be razed too:
The historic church, rectory and school building would be razed as would rowhouses lining 23rd Street.
And it would be a shame to see this church disappear from the skyline of the Hudson River valley:
Are these people retarded? Still, what do you do with a grand old building you can no longer afford to maintain? In the past it'd probably be torn down to make way for a more modest (but still beautiful) building, but I guess we can no longer expect this. Nearby RPI managed to turn an old seminary chapel
into a computer lab, though; couldn't the developer find some way to turn this church into apartments, offices, or retail/performance/entertainment space (or some combination)? Maybe right now demolishing this institution pencils out econometrically, but 10, 20, 30 years from now Watervlietians are really going to regret what they threw away.