Claiming Fraud, Owner Of Metropolitan Opera House Seeks To Dissolve Ties To Eric Blumenfeld

 

Developer Eric Blumenfeld in the Metropolitan Opera House, for which he is being sued for by owners. | Photo: Michael S. Wirtz, for the Daily News

Developer Eric Blumenfeld in the Metropolitan Opera House, for which he is being sued for by owners. | Photo: Michael S. Wirtz, for the Daily News

  • In a suit filed last month in Common Pleas Court, the Holy Ghost Headquarters Revival Center at the Met Inc. alleges that North Broad developer Eric Blumenfeld employed fraudulent means to convince that body to relinquish title—for $1—for the 1908 Metropolitan Opera House that he plans to renovate in a $10 million project, reports the Daily News. Holy Ghost’s pastor, Rev. Mark Hatcher, further claims that he “was reduced to chasing down [Blumenfeld] on the street to secure a face-to-face meeting with him,” that promises to have his displaced congregation return to the space were disavowed, that Blumenfeld misrepresented the state of his EB Realty’s finances, and that arrangements to reuse the Opera House as a music venue have been made without the Church’s consent. “The suit seeks dissolution of the partnership between Blumenfeld and the church, return of the title to the church and damages in excess of $50,000.” Since purchasing the property in 1997 for $250,000, Holy Ghost has reportedly invested $5.1 million dollars toward its upkeep.
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