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Thursday 18 January 2018

9/11 chapel which sheltered rescue workers may have to shut as rent soars

St Joseph's Chapel became a memorial to the victims of 9/11 (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
St Joseph's Chapel became a memorial to the victims of 9/11 (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

A chapel that sheltered 9/11 rescue workers may be forced to close following a sharp rent rise to more than £200,000 because of high-end stores and luxury flats crowding the area.

The Roman Catholic St Joseph's Chapel in New York, which saw its rent increase to 264,000 dollars (£203,830) a year in 2014, is surviving on subsidies from the archdiocese.

The landlords offered a significant reduction in rent, said a spokesman for the developers who own the building, but parishioners said this is not nearly enough and fear the chapel will shut.

Parishioners are praying for a miracle to save the chapel.

It was used as a command centre - with rescue workers sleeping on its floors and priests celebrating Mass in a tent outside - after the attacks which destroyed the World Trade Centre on September 11 2001.

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