Des Moines church sues city over demolition fight

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Catholic church is suing the city of Des Moines over the right to demolish two properties for development.

St. Augustin Catholic Church filed its lawsuit Monday in Polk County District Court. Church officials want to force the city to issue permits that would allow for the demolition of two houses on the city’s west side.

The city wants the church to follow a 1999 leasing agreement and try to relocate the houses.

The Des Moines Register reports ( ) some neighbors also have questioned how the properties will be used because the North of Grand neighborhood has been designated by the National Register of Historic Places.

A neighborhood meeting is scheduled Wednesday to discuss the issue.

The newspaper reports that attorneys for the city and church were not immediately available.


Information from: The Des Moines Register,

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