It's a testament to our city that an Italian Catholic is the renovation architect of choice for Lubavitcher Jews. A Times article dives into the unusual but productive relationship that Michael Cetera, chief architect in the Department of Design and Construction, has with the Lubavitcher Jew community in Brooklyn. Cetera has become familiar with needing to design dining spaces for 20 people, creating kosher kitchens, and getting another 40% of existing square footage within zoning laws. Just for that last point, Cetera sounds pretty holy.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe believed in "the coming of Moshiach and the attainment of the Redemption".