Historic Forsyth Street Church on the Market as Development Site
Curbed is reporting today that a 126-year-old church building on the Lower East Side is being primed for redevelopment. The Spanish Delancey Seventh Day Adventist Church is located at 126 Forsyth St. It served as a synagogue until the 1960s, when the congregation sold the property.
According to a press release, the church is looking to sell the building, as well as accompanying air rights. The parcel could potentially accommodate a 120-foot-tall building. The church wants to take the first three floors of the new building and the basement. Residential units could take up about 27,000 sq. ft. in a new building.
The congregation seeks a $7 million cash payment from the developer. And:
…the Church also wants the developer to find a temporary location where the Church can meet twice a week, and for four full weeks during specific dates. They’ve also asked for seating and sound systems for when the demolition work takes place. And finally they’d also like to retain the right to design the new church and ownership rights for the first three floors.
The building dates to 1890 and was originally a temporary home for a missionary group. You can read more about the property’s history here.