Demolition crews have been working for several weeks on St. Patrick’s Church in Watervliet. The only remaining portion of the historic church is the bell tower. A crane started chipping away the tower today. The lot is being leveled to make room for a new Price Chopper.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany decided to close the church back in September of 2011. They cited physical deterioration as their main concern and the church couldn’t afford the estimated $4 million restoration.

In November of last year, city council voted to rezone the property for business. The church was the tallest building in the town.

If you aren’t a Watervliet resident, it may not mean much to you. But the church was seen as a historic landmark to town residents, even by those who didn’t attend services at the house of worship.

There’s a bunch of videos on YouTube documenting public interest, demolition and tributes to the church. Here’s a few: