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St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Queens Village was deconsecrated on June 27, opening up the space where the building sits to secular use.
One former parishioner who wishes to remain anonymous wants the 150-year-old building to remain open, get repaired and get landmarked for future use instead of getting knocked down to make way for a new church and possibly affordable housing.
St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Queens Village, which is 150 years old, will be demolished for a new building instead of repaired, according to an anonymous source who believes the destruction of the church is to partially make space for a developer to use for potential office buildings.
The Rev. Mother Kassinda Ellis, however, maintained during a Zoom meeting among parishioners on May 24, that the building could not be saved because it would cost too much to repair it to modern standards. It instead will be replaced with an energy efficient building.
The impending closure of the beloved 111-year-old Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Woodhaven is sending shadows across a community whose residents worry the diocese could sell the site to someone with little reverence for the historical building and the cemetery behind it.
Saint Matthew’s, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001, will hold its last service on May 22 at 3 p.m. Officials from the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, which owns the church at 85-45 96th St., said they decided to shutter it because of a dwindling number of parishioners.