Former Catholic School building being demolished and sold in Borough Park

The three-story school building on Fort Hamilton Parkway between 40th and 41 streets is being demolished and listed for sale by the Brooklyn Diocese.
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Local Catholic Church leaders are in the process of demolishing a run-down former school building on Fort Hamilton Parkway — and city education honchos may be eyeing the property.

The Brooklyn Diocese is looking to sell off the site of the former three-story former Catholic school building on Fort Hamilton Parkway between 40th and 41st Street after it is completely demolished in early September, a spokesman confirmed.

“The building on Fort Hamilton Parkway is being demolished given its poor condition,” said John Quaglione. “It is our intention to sell the property.”

When asked if they were in the process of purchasing the property, and what their future plans were, a spokesman with the School Construction Authority — the design and building arm of the public school system — suggested that they were, albeit, in the vaguest possible terms.

“We are very early in the process,” said Kevin Ortiz.

When pressed to clarify his statement, Ortiz said he “can’t elaborate further at this point,” but added a blanket statement about their procurement process as it relates to former diocese buildings.

“The [School Construction Authority] is always interested in looking at diocese buildings as viable locations for new public school space.”

The Diocese also declined to identify potential suitors, or elaborate on current negotiations surrounding the sale of the Fort Hamilton Parkway property.

The building was formerly occupied by St. Catharine of Alexandria School, before the Diocese closed the facility in 2005 due to declining enrollment.

A neighboring building — which had previously housed the parish’s convent — was demolished earlier this year, and the two properties combined would constitute a substantial lot ripe for development.

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at
Updated 7:48 am, September 2, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Catholic Church says:
All we want is money! Tear down history - give us money!!!
Sept. 2, 2019, 3:19 am
Jose from Sunset Park says:
The City would rather spend billions building new schools from scratch than millions to give vouchers to students trapped in overcrowded schools to use to go elsewhere, without waiting for a new building to be built.
Sept. 2, 2019, 7:34 am
Michael from Bay Ridge says:
Surely it would have been cheaper and more environmentally friendly to repair this building (which the wealthy Catholic Church could easily have maintained) than to tear it down and build a new one.
Sept. 2, 2019, 7:49 am
Frank from Furtet says:
These type of buildings contain asbestos and lead paint. They dont meet modern standards for people with disabilities or climate change. The building is not historic in any way or sense just old. Good ridinace to old rubbish.
Sept. 2, 2019, 8:46 am
ProspectHeightsResident from Prospect Heights says:
Catholic Church, your statement reads like the sentiments of a typical leftist. "History" isn't going to pay property taxes or insurance. And Lord knows the Catholic Church doesn't have enough spare change roaming around after its done funding the lavish lifestyles of the clergy and paying off victims of priest rape.
Sept. 2, 2019, 9:20 am
Jack from Brooklyn Heights says:
Yet another historical building destroyed by the Catholic Church. I thought their religion taught against putting money above all things. Apparently, they have no fear of breaking their own rules and making the city worse.
Sept. 2, 2019, 9:43 am
Charles Tyler from Dept. Of Buildings says:
To this misinformed commenters above - this building contained no asbestos. Furthermore, demolishing a building containing asbestos is a huge environmental threat to the surrounding community.
Sept. 2, 2019, 11:50 am
Frank from Furter says:
Lead paint wasnt banned until 1980. Asbestos wasnt banned until 1990. Butneither required that nonfriable-airborne- be removed but most all old pre 1980 buildings have lead covered paint and some residual asbestos. If they have been all removed that is good but it still isnt a modern disability accessible and built to new climate rules.
Sept. 2, 2019, 11:04 pm
Anthony says:
The school has been closed since the 1990s. The school was built without a gym or lunch room. It was built with asbestos in all parts of the building. The staircase on one side had collapsed. In order the safe the building and remove any unsafe conditions the cost would have been well over 12 million dollars. The building itself was old but of no historical value. It’s time had past the parish looked to the future and this building was not in its life.
Sept. 5, 2019, 6:51 pm
Valerie from Sunset Park says:
Asbestos can easily be abated. Even easier given its not occupied! Buildings can be repaired and modified. The quality and cost of new construction is wasteful and inefficient in many ways.
Oct. 25, 2019, 5:45 pm

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