The Elmwood Village Association (EVA) is relocating its offices into Lafayette Presbyterian Church (Lafayette Lofts). This is wonderful news, as it frees up another space on Elmwood for a business to move in, while giving the EVA nice new digs in the church.
For years I was hoping that the EVA would make a move of this nature, as it’s much more important to have a business in a storefront than an organization. With limited available storefronts on Elmwood, every one of them counts.
Once a new business occupies the soon-to-be former EVA headquarters, the first item of order should be to paint a mural on the exposed concrete side of the building (facing North). It’s an embarrassment to the street.
The following is a statement by the EVA, regarding the move:
“After 5 years in our current office space, we are excited to announce that we are moving to the Lafayette Lofts (a.k.a. the Lafayette Presbyterian Church) at 875 Elmwood Avenue in July! Supported in part by a recent New York Main Street Grant administered by the Elmwood Village Association, the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church was converted to a mix of uses, including residential and commercial,
while remaining home to the church congregation and providing for the continued use and preservation of the building.
“Recently honored with a NYS Excellence in Historic Preservation award, we feel that this project represents our community’s resilience and dedication and will serve as a new community hub for the Elmwood Village. We are thrilled to be a part of the project, and excited to embark on this next chapter for the Elmwood Village Association.
“As we prepare for this transition, we may need the help and support of community members and volunteers; please stay tuned for more updates!”