Developer Pitches 55 Apartments in Renovation of Blessed Sacrament

The development company chosen to renovate and reuse Blessed Sacrament filed a letter of intent with the city outlining its proposed project. Hyde Square Task Force announced it was selling the Blessed Sacrament Church to Pennrose in October. Pennrose's proposal is for a mixed-use, mixed-income housing development in which Pennrose will honor Blessed Sacrament's architecture and history while adding more affordable housing to the neighborhood. The proposal calls for 6,475 sq. ft of multipurpose/performance space that would be operated by Hyde Square Task Force.

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Blessed Sacrament Meeting on Aug. 15; Landmarks Commission Says Blessed Sacrament Merits Landmark Status

On the heals of the Boston Landmarks Commission recently released report stating that the Blessed Sacrament Church Complex merits landmark status, there will be a community meeting to provide an update about the plans for preservation and redevelopment of the church. The community meeting will be led by the Hyde Square Task Force and Pennrose, which develops and manages real estate, on August 15 at 6:30 pm at Hyde Square Task Force (30 Sunnyside St.).  The meeting will be in English with Spanish translation, and refreshments will be provided. The Landmarks Commission said the five-building Blessed Sacrament Church Complex merits recognition as a landmark at the regional, state, and local level. "The complex is a physical representation of the social and cultural history and significance of the Catholic Church in Boston around the turn of the last century and in the early 20th century," says the Commission's report. Architectural historian Keith Morgan said the Church of the Blessed Sacrament is one of the finest examples of Italian Renaissance Revival church architecture in New England.

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BPDA Seeks Applicants for Impact Advisory Group for Proposed Stedman Street Storage Facility

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) is seeking applicants for the Impact Advisory Group (IAG) for a proposed self-storage facility on Stedman Street. Stedman Development LLC has proposed creating a 3-story 120,000 square footage self-storage facility at 75 Stedman Street. That location is currently a 1.26 acre active construction equipment yard, according to the developer's letter of intent filed with the BPDA in November 2021. If you are interested in serving on the IAG for this project, please reach out to Caitlin Coppinger at caitlin.coppinger@boston.gov.

 

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After Public Outcry, St. Clare Sisters Decide Not to Raze Monastery

Many people were upset in March after news broke that the Poor Sisters of St. Clare proposed to sell their monastery for it to be razed and the property redeveloped. After hearing that people didn't want the monastery to be razed, the nuns decided to not follow through with that plan. That plan was to sell the property to Holland Development, which would've built 26 townhouses. With that plan scrapped, the nuns' attorney Marc LaCasse told Jamaica Plain News that while the nuns are no longer pursuing that plan, they do intend to sell the property.

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Boston Completes Audit of City-Owned Land, Looks to Utilize Public Space for Public Good

Hundreds of city-owned properties were identified as being underutilized in a newly completed audit of city-owned land. “In a city as dense and already developed as Boston, these parcels identified in the land audit represent rare opportunities to utilize public space for the public good,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “Parking lots and vacant spaces across our city have the potential to be transformed into providing crucially needed affordable housing, green space, and community services. I look forward to a robust engagement process to ensure our planning process reflects the needs of our residents.”

In total, 1,238 out of 2,976 city-owned parcels were identified as vacant or underutilized. The 2,976 properties totaled 176.9 million square feet.

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