Holy teardown! Slope church to be razed

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A long-shuttered Polish church on 15th Street will be torn down to make way for apartments, the latest house of worship to end up as housing in the Borough of Churches.

The Polish National Church was bought this week for nearly $4 million by a Queens developer, who will tear down the old church and build condos.

No surprise there.

“For the most part, [developers] are taking down structures that are past their usefulness and building something the community can use,” said Larry Sarn, one of the Realtors handling the sale at Massey Knakal Realty Services. “It’s been this way for four or five years.”

The church, which is on 15th Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues, was sold by the Polish National Catholic Church of the Holy Cross because most of the congregants had been priced out of Park Slope.

“Most of the church members moved out to Long Island,” said Sarn, “so the church followed them.”

Zoning restrictions along Park Slope’s side streets bar the developer from building taller than 50 feet.

“This particular developer builds very high-quality housing,” promised Sarn.

That’s what the neighbors are praying.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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