Demolition of church 'imminent' after preservation bid fails

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Officials say a historic church in Worcester will soon be torn down after a bid to preserve it failed to win the support of the city council.

A group hoping to save the Notre Dame des Canadiens church had asked the council to allow the city manager to negotiate a transfer of the church to the city. But councilors said Tuesday that they could not support the use of taxpayer money to buy the building.

City Manager Edward Augustus Jr. told the council that the property owner does not want any more delays in the plan to tear down the church and redevelop the site. The Telegram & Gazette reports that he says demolition is "very imminent."

The church was built in 1929, but has been vacant since 2007.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com