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Thread: Church restoration/redevelopment, 118th & St. Nicholas Avenue

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    Hoping to get some participation from some of our long time regulars here at the WNY forum: this looks like a interesting project to follow. Any intel on this project would be welcome: they have broke ground recently and this project is ready for a foundation. The restoration of the church is well underway as best I can tell from the view from inside an apartment across the street.



    http://columbiaspectator.com/2013/02...ncern-optimism

    By EMMA CHENG Spectator Staff Writer
    February 1, 2013, 4:03am
    It’s easy for passersby to overlook St. Thomas the Apostle Church, on the corner of 118th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, which, covered by scaffolding, looks like any other West Harlem construction site.
    But community members and preservationists are still concerned that the 109-year-old structure, known for its unique architectural design, could be demolished or otherwise harmed in a redevelopment.
    Parishioners no longer worship at the church, which closed 10 years ago due to lack of funding. Developer Artimus Construction bought the building from the Archdiocese of New York last year and has remained tight-lipped since.
    “We don’t have finalized plans of what we will be doing,” Ken Haron, president of Artimus, said in an email.
    City building records show that Artimus filed permits for restoring the façade and rebuilding the back wall in October of last year after it purchased the building from the archdiocese. The fact that the permits are so limited—and that the church has weathered preservation battles before—has given preservationists hope.


    http://www.artimusnyc.com



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    It is always enjoyable to search out detailed background information on the various projects; what better way to share here on the WNY forum.
    Here is some info on one of the many on-site construction managers that work at the real estate development and construction company doing this project; one particular project manager has a degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute.

    Excerpt from Artimus website - http://www.artimusnyc.com
    "As a licensed architect, with an extensive knowledge of building mechanics and structure, he oversees all construction projects from plan schematics to final punch lists. Mr. XXXX has a B.A., as well as a degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute."

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Henry_Poole

    The Architect of this Church had a long, but not varied, career: seems he almost exclusively designed Christian Churches in the NY Metro area. I hope to engage some of you other long time WNY forum members - all three of you that is - in following this project and perhaps this too can become another interesting thread to follow. I will be back at this apartment to replace a broken shade in a couple of weeks: at which point I will take several site photos to share here with other forum members.

    Another nice tidbit of information along with a lovely black & white vintage photo - http://www.nycago.org/Organs/NYC/htm...asApostle.html
    EXCERPT - """Harry Belafonte's family worshiped here; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was said to have been baptized in this church; Hulan E. Jack, the first black borough president of Manhattan, was buried from here."""
    Last edited by infoshare; March 27th, 2016 at 04:22 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by infoshare View Post
    I hope to engage some of you other long time WNY forum members - all three of you that is - in following this project and perhaps this too can become another interesting thread to follow.
    This should be very interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastMillinocket View Post
    This should be very interesting.
    The project itself is definitely interesting: whether or not this thread gets any content or commentary will be interesting to see as well. I am hoping to get some information on the 'footprint' of this project: it seems to have frontage on both 118th and 119th as well as that corner parcel on 118th & St. Nicholas.

    Here's hoping to see this tread get some traction....

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    Looks like it's a school/other institution and not residential

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    And the church and the vacant lot might not be the same project, the lot is an addition to the building on St. nicholas avenue instead

    http://newyorkyimby.com/2016/03/reve...as-avenue.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSsocal View Post
    And the church and the vacant lot might not be the same project, the lot is an addition to the building on St. nicholas avenue instead
    Good to know - and great link, I had not seen that YIMBY post. I am not to impressed with the Architectural merits of that building on the corner: the pieces of this project is comming together - but not too artfully.

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