Rep. Ritchie Torres to introduce legislation to redevelop church site as land bank

A Bronx councilman has come up with an idea about what do with a dilapidated Grand Concourse church.



The church, located at the corner of 175th Street and the Grand Concourse, has fallen into disrepair with holes in the walls and a collapsed ceiling.



The Department of Housing Preservation tells News 12 it installed scaffolding and is maintaining the building since the property owner has failed to do so.



Records indicate that Pilgrim United Church owns the building.



Rep. Ritchie Torres is introducing legislation that would establish the site as a land bank. The land bank would be a vehicle for taking properties and then redeveloping it into a community asset, including affordable housing or a community center.



News 12 did reach out to the building's owner. A woman named Shirley claims the church is actually under construction and is not abandoned.


sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."