Comment 119857

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted August 25, 2016 at 09:38:55 in reply to Comment 119853

If the 23 storey building were going up on one of the dozens of parking lots downtown I'd agree with you 100%.

Why entirely demolish a 140 year old church when there are surely other options, especially as we expect churches to look beyond just the bottom line (and be clear on their communication with the local community)?

Those who were involved in attempts to save the church or parts of it, said that the message was very clear from the Diocese all along: they had no interest in any project that would involve preserving any part of the church. And the "social housing" angle was used as a strong argument: social housing would be better than an old decrepit church.

Just two years ago Diocese representatives were still suggesting publicly that they were working actively to ensure the new building would include affordable housing ... other organizations manage to do it why did they fail?

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2016-08-25 09:44:31

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