True Religion Comes to Brooklyn, Borough of Churches
Hill of The Lord Ministries, a non-denominational Christian church, signed a five-year lease at 204 28th Street in Sunset Park. The asking rent was $14 per square foot.
Michael Fishman of Ideal Properties represented both the landlord and the tenant, but would not comment. The new lease, with a five-year renewal option, puts Hill of The Lord Ministries near the Gowanus Expressway.
Although the lease was signed at the end of April, the church has not moved in due to the necessary renovations required to convert the space into a place of worship. The one-story building was previously a warehouse.
According to a spokesperson for Ideal Properties, Aleksandra Scepanovic, Hill of The Lord Ministries had a location near 28th Street at 331 37th Street and wanted to remain in the same neighborhood to maintain close ties with the congregation they had already established.
The area also appears to be a fairly religious one, according to Ms. Scepanovic, with multiple churches in the area and other places of worship in close proximity.
Founded in December of 2003 and led by Pastor Samuel Appiah, the multi-cultural church in Brooklyn has grown from a 12-member congregation to well over 400 members. Their website http://www.hillofthelord.org states that their goal is to “help others in the community and across the nations of the world reach their destined spiritual heights.”
“As for the tenant, this was a very complex transaction to put together to everyone’s satisfaction, and I am told they would prefer no contact from the media as of yet,” Ms. Scepanovic said via email.