Home Foreclosure Bridgeport goes ahead with a demonstration after the collapse of the old...

Bridgeport goes ahead with a demonstration after the collapse of the old church building on Barnum Avenue


BRIDGEPORT — An old church building on Barnum Avenue whose roof collapsed on Sunday collapsed further overnight.

City officials worked this week to issue a demolition permit to a contractor to demolish the former True Holy Pentecostal Church at 1241 Barnum Avenue after the initial collapse, during which the building’s roof collapsed but left most of its exterior walls intact.

Then, around 10:15 p.m. Thursday, “more of the structure collapsed,” Bridgeport Emergency Management Director Scott Appleby said in an email. “It actually caused a power outage in seven houses near the church.”

Electrical service to the affected homes was restored quickly, Appleby said, adding the city hopes to move forward with demolition on Friday, if possible.

Barnum Avenue has remained closed all week in front of the building, which sits a block from Bridgeport Hospital between Central and Mill Hill avenues.

The church, which once housed a thriving parish made up of Armenian immigrants fleeing genocide in Europe, has been vacant for years.

In 2016, the City Water Pollution Control Authority seized on the property for unpaid sewer user fees, but scheduled auctions for the property were repeatedly delayed, court records show.

A message left with the lawyer in charge of the seizure was not returned.

Howard Ignal, an attorney who represented the church in the foreclosure case, said Thursday he had not been in contact with his client in years and was unaware of any developments. recent.

The 0.18-acre property was last sold in 2011, when the Pentecostal Church purchased it for $480,000 from Calvary St. George’s Episcopal Church, according to a deed filed as part of a valuation in the case of foreclosure.

The property’s most recent owners could not be reached for comment this week.

The appraisal, filed in September 2019, pegged the value of the property at $430,000.