Did you know? Series – #2

Did you know
The reputable firm O’Donnell & Naccarato provided our parish a $1 million dollar estimate for demolition. That was an over-simplified amount without researching the full contractor- and city-involved costs. (the asterisk at the end will correspond to additional notes in the comment section.) On top of $1,000,000 our parish would need to add:

· approximately $30,000 for O&N to provide a Scope of Work report so that a demolition contractor can have specific measurements (esp with our school and neighbors so close)

· $500,000 – $1,000,000 for asbestos removal*,

· The parish would need to rent a crane, maintain the scaffolding, rent lifts, pay for extra insurance and permits and closures. $500,000 in plaster and other heavy materials removal, $125,000 in biohazard removal, securing the area and protecting our school children and neighbors, etc. A local contractor estimated that these costs would total between: $750,000 – $1,000,000

· We would need to cap and turn off ALL of the utilities, notifying our neighbors and paying City discontinuance fees and permit costs. Cost: $150,000 – $250,000 ***

· Preparing the ground once St Laurentius Church was demolished – we would need to pay for the removal of the stone and wood framing, fence in and gate off the area, maintain the demolition insurance, fill in the dirt and pave the area which would cost approximately $250,000****

Factoring these additional costs into the equation would significantly impact the decision to demolish St. Laurentius Church. Let’s see how we can best work together to save St Laurentius Church and strengthen Holy Name parish.

O’Donnell & Naccarato Demolition Estimate = $1,000,000
Additional Costs for demolition = $1,680,000 – $2,530,000
More Realistic Cost for Demolition of a 185 year old sacred church = $2,680,000 – $3,530,000

Fundraiser at Sugar House Casino – Wednesday, June 18th

Please join us for an evening fundraiser to benefit St. Laurentius Church, hosted by Sugar House Casino. (1001 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA) Wednesday, June 18th – 6:30-9:00PM

Tickets are $50 – includes $10 free gaming, food, and one drink (cash bar available). All proceeds benefit The Save St. Laurentius Fund.

Contact savestlaurentius@gmail.com for tickets – or private message this page. Tickets can be mailed or hand-delivered. Please make checks payable to “Friends of St. Laurentius”

Here is a link to the Facebook Event

Summary of May 21st Meeting

*The City of Philadelphia’s citation only mentions the front wall of Saint Laurentius Church
*An attorney representing Fr Joseph Zingaro and the parish of Holy Name filed for another extension with The City of Philadelphia. The City of Philadelphia can only entertain requests from the rightful owner of a property; in this case, the owner of record with the City of Philadelphia is The Archdiocese of Philadelphia
*There is a large group of Holy Name Parishioners who want to save and maintain Saint Laurentius church. We again had a large turnout

*Fr. Joe is prayerfully considering all of his options
*Please consider respectfully contacting the pastor of Holy Name to let him know you support saving Saint Laurentius Church, especially since it is a lower price point then demolishing it. Please ask your friends to also contact him to let him know where they stand

*Rick Ortega, PE, AIA, FAPT (certified Engineer) has written a detailed proposal with two phases (layman’s language) Phase I would address the City of Philadelphia’s citations through semi-permanent stabilization of the walls and the towers and cleaning of all biohazard waste in the towers. He noted that the towers stand independently. This would cost between $150,000 and $200,000 (phase 1 only) Mr. Ortega believes that Phase I would satisfy all City of Phila citations.

Phase II would be written fully and totally and in detail while Holy Name Parish continued to raise money and decide on the best way to permanently fix Saint Laurentius Church


*The Save St Laurentius committee and many committed people have raised almost $25,000 and have additional pledges from businesses, corporations and foundations that would donate approximately ($50,000 -$75,000 additionally) when the decision is made to fix the issues with the church. That total is approximately $100,000. We need your help to continue.

*On Wednesday, JUNE 18th, Sugar House Casino has offered their space for us to host a fundraiser. The cost is $50 per person with a $10 gaming token, free food and one free drink. ALL PROCEEDS will benefit the Friends of Saint Laurentius. Let’s get the word out!

Many people have offered to host and run independent fundraisers to benefit Saint Laurentius church. We will share these drives and hope you can support them – there are window clings available for $5, there will be a Fishtown Restaurant night, and other fundraisers. Every dollar and every person supporting makes a difference

*People who truly support Saint Laurentius Church have to know that we are facing an uphill battle. In the eyes of civil law, the parish has no say with what to do the property or in deciding what to do, only the owner of the property (The Archdiocese of Philadelphia) does. The church has filed for all extensions and has not submitted the plans to fix the property and thus, is in the City’s Law Dept for possible legal action. Although the Archdiocese of Philadelphia states that the parish must decide what to do, the city only recognizes the Archdiocese. The pastor will be forced to make a decision and is in a difficult position. He is in a difficult position.

What are you prepared to do? Will you donate? Will you offer to be part of our Save St Laurentius phone-a-thon? Will you ask for donations on a door-to-door basis? Will you be willing to take additional and extra steps? Let’s take the steps TOGETHER. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “No one of us can do what all of us can do together.”

Did You Know Series #1

Friends, The Save St. Laurentius Church Committee wants to keep you as informed as we can. We have been trying to meet with our pastor, engineers, and other leaders, and we have continued to both solicit and receive donations. The committee, along with devoted friends, is working to open the doors to our church and make repairs to our house of worship. We are looking for more ways to involve you!

Today will be our first installment of our DID YOU KNOW SERIES.

Did You Know that last week the Archdiocese of Philadelphia won the Award from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia for their project restoring the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul for “demonstrating the best practices in historical preservation.” This
is at least the second time they have won this award (in 2012 and in 2014) for their work on the largely brownstone cathedral. We applaud their work on preserving our Cathedral, and we hope, we pray they open their hearts and allow parishioners to preserve our church Saint Laurentius and other places of God such as St. John the Baptist Church in Manayunk.