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.
About the author

Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

Send a message!



Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

Recent Posts
Ghosts Of The Abandoned Arch Street Subway Line

Ghosts Of The Abandoned Arch Street Subway Line

April 18, 2018  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K. takes us into the abandoned subway tunnels below Arch Street with the history behind Philly's unfinished plans for a grand underground transit system > more

Unlisted Philadelphia: Tourison Building

Unlisted Philadelphia: Tourison Building

April 17, 2018  |  Unlisted Philadelphia

Ben Leech spotlights unique and significant buildings not listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places with his architectural illustration series, Unlisted Philadelphia. In this installment, an Art Deco delight fills the heart of Mount Airy > more

Old Iron Works In Logan Square To Face The Wrecking Ball

Old Iron Works In Logan Square To Face The Wrecking Ball

April 13, 2018  |  News

When the housing bubble burst and the recession hit in 2007, plans to convert Creswell Iron Works on Cherry Street into apartments tanked. The quaint collection of industrial buildings is now headed for demolition. Michael Bixler has the details > more

American Revolution Landmark To Be Auctioned Off At Sheriff Sale

American Revolution Landmark To Be Auctioned Off At Sheriff Sale

April 11, 2018  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia, News

Old stone home in Frankford with ties to the Declaration of Independence goes up for auction at a sherif sale in May. Harry K. has the news and history behind this threatened national landmark > more

Time Travel At Trader Joe's Reveals Tuxedos & Snazzy Shoes

Time Travel At Trader Joe’s Reveals Tuxedos & Snazzy Shoes

April 9, 2018  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow makes a run to Trader Joe's where fine footwear and totally awesome 1980s tuxedos kept things classy at 2121 Market Street > more

Battered Brutalist School Awaits Neighborhood Plan

Battered Brutalist School Awaits Neighborhood Plan

April 6, 2018  |  Last Light

In Eastwick, powerful architecture battles trash and vandalism at vacant George Pepper Middle School. Michael Bixler takes a look with this photo essay. > more