Paper: Church Open Four Years With No Certificate Of Occupancy

CBS Connecticut

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A 1,500-seat church in Bridgeport has apparently been operating for four years without a certificate of occupancy that certifies it’s safe.

The Connecticut Post reported Tuesday that the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit on Union Avenue has failed to provide documentation from contractors that would allow the city to issue the permit, which ensures that a building has been inspected for compliance with building codes and is safe.  It is required before any building can be used.

The cathedral opened in 2009.

Its pastor, Rev. Kenneth Moales Jr., also is the chairman of the city’s school board and served as treasurer for Mayor Bill Finch’s campaign.

He told to the newspaper the church had a temporary certificate, but city building official Peter Paajanen said no certificate had been issued.

“They need to work out their problems with the contractors and designers,” Paajanen, told the Post. “I…

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