As court-mandated date for taking over the church approached grounds fell into disarray

A day after it gained control of St. Luke’s of the Mountains Church, the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles Tuesday in initiated a major property makeover.

The Glendale News Press reports:

Landscape workers were busy early Tuesday, using a bulldozer to clear dead plants and tending to a garden that had fallen into poor condition in recent months, said the Right Rev. J. Jon Bruno, bishop of the six-county diocese.

“It was sad for me yesterday when I saw how it had fallen into disarray,” said Bruno, who thought the grounds had not been well-managed as the diocese’s court-mandated date for taking over the church approached.

The property, at 2563 Foothill Blvd., was the home of St. Luke’s Anglican Church until its final service at the site Sunday, following a three-year legal battle for ownership of the building.

The diocese prevailed in the lawsuit, which resulted in a court order for the Anglican congregation to move out Monday.

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