St. Joseph's Church is the center of our neighborhood and our community in the Ten Broeck Triangle. The neighborhood, composed primarily of intact, historical 19th century brownstones, closely surrounds the church. St Joseph's Church, an architectural gem, has undergone extensive structural stabilization and is not in any danger of deterioration at this time.
The RHB's proposal to install a beer manufacturing plant/restaurant/pub in the church brings light industry and commercial use into a beautiful, quiet, historical, residential neighborhood. It destroys the quality of life for residents and changes the character of the neighborhood, straining it with parking gridlock, (the church has no parking), overwhelming it with delivery truck traffic, noise, food preparation smells, alcohol, loitering, and drunkenness. It violates the safety and intention of Mercy House, a women's shelter, located directly behind the church, as well as a substance abuse center, the Peter Young Housing and Treatment Center, also located directly behind the church. Instead, we would like to see St. Joseph's Church maintained and converted to an appropriate, viable use, one that contributes to the neighborhood. The RHB proposed use as a beer manufacturing plant/restaurant/pub is not appropriate or compatible with the neighborhood. We strongly oppose conversion of St. Joseph's Church to this use.