|St. Joseph's Church|
Even though the city Zoning Board still is considering an application from Raven's Head, a New Jersey brewing partnership to convert the former St. Joseph's RC Church into a brewery and pub, the Common Council on Monday decided to interject itself and voted against the plan by a 10-1 margin, with three abstentions.
The vote was a non-binding one, but it certainly shows strong opposition among elected officials to the proposal.
The Historic Albany Foundation, which took over ownership of the Gothic-style church from the city, has been in favor of the Raven's Head plan, as have numerous other business people and some city residents.
However, opposition has been vociferous from people who live in the Ten Broeck Triangle neighborhood, just north of the Palace Theatre. They contend a brewery and pub would create a nuisance in an otherwise quiet neighborhood that presently is anchored by the historic Ten Broeck Mansion, headquarters of the Albany County Historical Association.
Where the St. Joseph's project goes next is anyone's guess.
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