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Lafayette urged to stop demolition of church-owned home

December 4, 2018

In this Nov. 29, 2018 photo, a notice of intent to demolish is posted on a fence ousitde of a 19th century home that St. Mary's Cathedral is planning to demolish in Lafayette, Ind. Opponents are urging the Indiana city to stop the Roman Catholic church from demolishing the house to make way for a new rectory. Lafayette's board of works on Tuesday declined to waive a 60-day waiting period for a demolition permit. But beyond that step, city attorney Ed Chosnek says the city has no control over what St. Mary Cathedral does with the property. (Dave Bangert/Journal & Courier via AP)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Opponents are urging an Indiana city to stop a Roman Catholic church from demolishing a 19th century house to make way for a new rectory.

Lafayette’s board of works on Tuesday declined to waive a 60-day waiting period for a demolition permit. But beyond that step, city attorney Ed Chosnek says the city has no control over what St. Mary Cathedral does with the property.

The Lafayette Journal & Courier says the church is planning to demolish a two-story red brick Italianate house. More than 2,000 people have signed a petition opposing it. Even a member of the parish council, Walter Griffin, says demolition “would be a big scar on the community.”

St. Mary’s attorney, Joe Bumbleburg, says he’ll give a report to church officials about the board of works meeting.

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Information from: Journal and Courier, http://www.jconline.com

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