A Fort Greene church reminiscent of a fairytale will be torn down and replaced by an 11-story development that will be primarily full of apartments, planning documents show.

The Romanesque Revival style St. Michael-St. Edward Church located at the edge of the Ingersoll Houses near Fort Greene Park, which was built between 1891 and 1906, is still owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, however it has been empty since 2010.

According to Patch, the Diocese of Brooklyn closed the church in 2010 due to deteriorating conditions, with it collapsing from the inside. A report in The New York Times from 2010 says Father John Powis was holding Mass in the basement due to debris falling in the main part of the church.

St. Michael-St. Edward Church. Photo: Google Maps.

The parish merged with the nearby Mary of Nazareth Parish as part of its citywide, cost-saving consolidation efforts, Patch reports. In 2010, NYT reports the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn was facing a drop in attendance and a shortage of priests, and it planned to close two churches, fold six parishes into three and impose strict budget constraints on all 198 of its parishes.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn first filed plans in December 2021 to replace the church with a new development, and plans to demolish the church were filed this week.

The proposed new development will be designed by Aufgang Architects and will include 105 apartments, according to the plans, as well as a community space.

The Diocese of Brooklyn told Patch the community space will not be for its religious use and said with the site being closed for more than a decade, “the redevelopment plans will bring much needed housing to this community.”

In regards to preservation efforts the spokesperson said: “All religious property of this church has been successfully removed. It is now in storage and is available to other religious sites.”

Anna Bradley-Smith

Anna Bradley-Smith is Brooklyn-based reporter with bylines in NBC, VICE, Slate and others. Follow her on Twitter @annabradsmith.

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  1. So this is what I mean you know you don’t want things to happen to this church but you are the people you should go to a politician and stop them from doing this they’re the one who is given the OK your politician is supposed to say no you are not to touch the church go somewhere but now they take the money under the table and they say go ahead will destroy the church building go ahead and built …the community does not work together anymore to fight for ..

  2. LIKE I SAID ” IT IS A DAM SHAME, BUT MUCH NEEDED IF A ABSOLUT MUST MAKE IT AN ASSISTED LIVIN FOR ALL OUR ELDERLY NEEDING A NICE FRESH CLEAN ENDING. YA THJNK

  3. Lets be honest, its the church’s fault in the first place. They were bad stewarts and allowed this house of worship to fall asunder. What kind of parish allows its house to quite literally fall around their heads? That is the true sin, and the leader of that church, at the time of closing, should have to answer for it. Yes, its a tragedy, but as usual, its do to incompetence and neglect but we are so quick to point fingers and condem the wrong bad guys.

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