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Carnegie Catholic Church May Get $7.1M Renewal

By Jeffrey Widmer
Thursday, July 8, 2010

The old St. Luke’s Church in Carnegie might gain new life.

The Carnegie planning commission last month approved plans to renovate the red brick church at Third Street and Third Avenue. It closed after being ravaged by flooding caused by Hurricane Ivan in September 2004.

It would reopen as the official center of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish, though council must approve the plans.

According to information provided by the Rev. David Poecking in St. Luke’s June 13 bulletin, the parish hopes to have a final draft before the end of July.

The church estimates that the project will cost about $7.1 million; about $500,000 of that has been paid for, according to Poecking.

The parish has $3.4 million more for the project, leaving $3.2 million to be covered through a combination of further insurance payouts from the 2004 flood, the sale of Seton Hall in Carnegie and St. Ignatius in Scott, and a fund-raising campaign, Poecking said.

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