Dozens protest Syrian Orthodox church

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The Archdiocese wants to build the church on an 11,000-square-foot property on Mountain View Avenue. The Archdiocese wants to build the church on an 11,000-square-foot property on Mountain View Avenue.
NEW CITY -

Roughly 100 people turned out in New City Monday evening to protest a plan to build a Syrian Orthodox church in their neighborhood.

The Malankara Catholic Church purchased a 11,000-square-foot property on Mountain View Avenue to build a place of worship and a 55-space parking lot.

Many of the people who came to the planning board meeting to protest told News 12 the church would take away from the area's quaint, suburban feel. "We have no animosity or feelings about the church. We are against anything that would be developed there," says neighbor Ed Mooney.

A building engineer for the Texas-based church says studies are being done to address neighbors’ concerns. He says, in the end, he believes the plan to build the church will go through.

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