Moales Vacates East End Church

From Dan Tepfer, Brian Lockhart, CT Post:

The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, a religious landmark in the city’s East End for over a decade, is closed.

The pastor, Rev. Kenneth Moales Jr., confirmed Monday that faced with an eviction notice they had to leave the church. “We have moved out, we have lost the church,” Moales said.

It was less than a week ago that Moales told Hearst Connecticut Media, that despite a federal court order, he had no intention of leaving the cathedral built by his father, Bishop Kenneth Moales Sr., in 2009.

… Developer/contractor Anthony Stewart on Monday said he saw the moving trucks this weekend. He said he had been in failed negotiations both with Moales and with his lenders to try and purchase some of Moales’ properties.

Stewart has a vision for the East End neighborhood and, in particular, Stratford Avenue. He built the soon-to-open Newfield Library branch and is working on the delayed-but-still-moving forward Honey Locust Square retail, restaurant and office project next door. Stewart last year also moved his Ashlar Construction offices to Stratford Avenue.

“I’ve been talking to him about this for months and months and months and to other people as well,” Stewart said. “I wish there was something we could have done but the dollars were just too big for what we had. … The bank wanted to be paid, rightfully so. … I get it. (But) I’m sad over it.”

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