11/22/2005

Another McChurch...
While Bishop Kmiec appears to have made the decision not to sell his house at 79 Oakland Place, rumor has it that he already has his list of 40-50 diocesesan buildings here in Buffalo, NY that he will be closing. I've begun tracking what I've called, "A Journey to Avoid Housing Court." We know that he's already shuddered the Immaculate Conception at the corner of Elmwood and Edward and is fully involved in the what some people think are frivolous and unnecessary renovations over at St. Stans.
I received a series of e-mails from former Catholic priests here in Buffalo describing among other things and despite Common Council President David Franczyk's praise for the (un) historical renovations the fact that building permits have never been filed for the extensive work to the exterior or interior.
DSCN2261 Buffalo's McChurch
Well to rub salt into the wounds of Buffalo's ever increasingly larger urban prairie and the advanced stages of "detroitization" that metastasizes here on the City's east-side, seems like Bishop Kmiec has given the green light to Buffalo's next McChurch. This one is located at the corner of Hickory and Eagle Streets.

Betcha it'll look something like this one...adjacent to the former and now abandoned and vacant German Roman Catholic Orphan Home on Dodge Street. The Bishop is going to do what the Bishop is going to do. And it's not like the Catholic Church has a reputation for transparency in decisions that involve the community...but think of it for a minute. He said earlier this spring that Immaculate Conception needed $830K of immediate renovations and this summer he began the process involving the shutting down of additional buildings...

I'll call the inspections deptartment tomorrow to see if permits were filed for Hickory and Eagle and follow-up on at least one priest's claim that permits were not filed for David Franczyk's much lauded (un)historical renovations to St. Stans...
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1 comment:

David S said...

It is absolutely disgusting that the Church would build these tacky buildings (or any building at all) while allowing beautiful treasures in the city to rot and eventulally be demilished.