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Demolition of St Patrick's underway

WATERVLIET -- Demolition of St. Patrick’s Church began Saturday after a judge rescinded an injunction. Earlier this week Nigro Companies said it was not feasible to work the church’s façade into a new Price Chopper being developed on the site.

“I don't know if I could come and watch it being torn down. I really don't,” said Ann Marie Bird, who stopped by to look at the building. “Years ago it was everything. They used to do big block parties. They closed off both sides of the street. When I was born I was baptized here and it’s a beautiful church and I hate to see it being torn down to put in a supermarket.”

Citizens for St. Patrick’s had launched a campaign to block the sale and demolition, but a judge rescinded the injunction and work began early Saturday.

“It's hard to watch what you grew up with,” said Karen Corey as she looked at the demolition. “I was born here, baptized here, got married here, went to school here. It’s most of my life right here.”

Price Chopper is planning to replace its smaller store nearby with the new supermarket. While some plan to boycott, others believe the store will still succeed.

“I think it'll be hard to go there, said Bird. “But I think in another year or so it'll be 'what was that?’”



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