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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A judge has denied historic protection for a vacant church in Bloomfield, clearing the way for it to be torn down for new development.

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The Albright United Methodist Church was closed in 2013 because of water damage.

The 104-year-old building is located at Center Avenue and Graham Street, between Bloomfield and Shadyside.

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On Tuesday, Commonwealth Court upheld a decision that took away the historical designation.

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They say Pittsburgh City Council never formally voted for designation.

The ruling allows the developer to knock the church down and build a one-story retail building.

Preservationists wanted the historic designation so that any exterior changes would require Council approval.

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City officials are reviewing the ruling.