Controversies

Landmark status makes upkeep too expensive, church argues

A Brooklyn, N.Y., congregation is praying their church gets de-landmarked.

The Ukranian Church in Exile wants a judge to overturn the city Landmarks Preservation Commission’s 2016 decision designating the white Neoclassical building a landmark, arguing the designation makes upkeep too expensive.

Built in 1906, the Williamsburg Trust Company Bank at 177 South Fifth St. became a courthouse after the bank went belly up. But the building eventually fell into disrepair with a leaky roof, broken windows, destroyed plumbing and peeling paint.

The small church bought the “banking temple” in 1961 and sunk $2.5 million into fixing it up. The LPC first sought to landmark the building in 1966, but ignored the matter for decades until it recently tackled nearly 100 properties in its “backlog.”

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