Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Historic West Main church to be demolished

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 4:58 PM

click to enlarge Westminster Presbyterian was built in 1870. - FILE PHOTO
  • FILE PHOTO
  • Westminster Presbyterian was built in 1870.
Marvin Maye, the Rochester developer who has been trying for months to get permission to demolish a church at 660-668 West Main Street, received the go-ahead today from city’s Zoning Board.

Maye, who owns the property, has faced strong resistance to demolishing the church, which is on the city’s list of historic places. Opponents have included some residents in the nearby Susan B. Anthony neighborhood, as well as the Landmark Society. The church was once the home of the German Liederkranz Club, and is one of the few surviving buildings associated with the city’s German-American community.

But Maye has argued that restoring the building is prohibitively expensive, and that he has not been able to find tenants.

The approval to demolish the building is contingent on Maye’s documenting that he has financing and that the church will be replaced by a grocery store.

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