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Syracuse church built in 1914 seeks historical status from state

A vacant church on the South Side of Syracuse may have a new life soon.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - A vacant church on the South Side of Syracuse may have a new life soon.

The former Trinity Episcopal Church building on West Onondaga Street has been recommended to be historically preserved by the state.

The church built back in 1914 was purchased by Faith By Love Family Worship in 1996 and Pastor Leroy Legette believes it is a beautiful building.

"I think it's something to be proud of. I think it's something Syracuse should be proud of,” Legette said.

The building has certainly seen better days - and by 2005 – Faith By Love Family Worship could no longer endure the upkeep and utilities. Eventually, their aging furnace gave out all together.

Now, the church is turning to the state for help, knowing an historic designation could lead to new sources of funding through special grants and tax credits.

“It will be a beacon of hope for this community," Legette said. “It'll give the people something to look forward to, and let us know that there's still some greatness in this neighborhood."

If the church building is deemed historic by the State Board for Historic Preservation, it would be nominated to go on the national register, where even more funds could be made available.

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