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Proposal to save St. Patrick's facade rejected


WATERVLIET, N.Y. (AP) - A developer has rejected a proposal to incorporate parts of a former Catholic church in a new supermarket it's building in the Albany area.

Preservationists who've been trying to save the building in Watervliet from the wrecking ball tried to convince the developer to scale back the project and include the 137-foot bell tower and facade of St. Patrick's Church.

But the Nigro Companies said Tuesday the changes would be too costly, would result in a market too small to serve the community and would leave concerns about the safety of the structure.

A citizens group has obtained a temporary restraining order to halt demolition of the church while an appeal is made to the state Appellate Division.

The developer says it intends to go ahead with its original plan.

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