Demolition of bell tower on hold

Posted at: 05/13/2013 12:06 PM | Updated at: 05/13/2013 1:20 PM
By: WNYT Staff

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WATERVLIET - A demolition crew is putting off its next attempt to tear down the bell tower of St. Patrick's Church.

Attempts last week to pull down the 137-foot-tall bell tower were unsuccessful when the cables attached to the structure snapped.

The crew wanted to try again Monday, but the company says they need a larger crane.

Company officials say the demolition will resume Wednesday.

Most of the nearly 125-year-old Catholic Church is being demolished to make way for a supermarket.

The church closed in 2011.

Preservationists went to court to save the church, but lost the legal battle.

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