Hyde Square Task Force to Sell Blessed Sacrament to Developer for Income-Restricted Units, Community Space

The Hyde Square Task Force has chosen developer Pennrose to sell the Blessed Sacrament Church, which will turn it into affordable housing, community space, and more. A letter signed by HSTF Executive Director Celina Miranda and Board leadership was sent to local stakeholders, elected officials, and community leaders that outlined some of the benefits Pennrose is committed to providing. “We recognize that this is the beginning of a partnership with Pennrose,” said Miranda. “The HSTF Board believes that Pennrose has the highest likelihood of a great outcome for the community and for our organization.”

Pennrose proposed income-restricted housing with at a minimum:
● <30% AMI: 8 units (15%)
● <50% AMI: 8 units (15%)
● <60% AMI: 16 units (30%)
● <120% AMI: 20 units (40%)

Pennrose has also committed to providing community space for 200+ people in which the HSTF would remain the operator of this space for the long term. Pennrose has also committed to outdoor community space in front, converting the baptistery to an open-air performance gazebo, and to respecting the existing outdoor green space to the west of the church, said the letter.

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Afrika Gente with Cornell Coley Performing as Part of JP Open Studios on Sept. 25

Hyde Square Task Force is hosting an Afro-Latin music performance as a part of JP Open Studios on Sept. 25th. Get ready to dance and enjoy Afrika Gente with Cornell Coley on the side of the Blessed Sacrament Church (361 Centre St.). This performance is a part of Hyde Square Task Force’s series for Latinx Heritage Month. For more information, contact Sarah at sarah@hydesquare.org or 617-318-6610.

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Proposals for Future of Blessed Sacrament Church Being Shared Starting Sept. 18

Three proposals for the shuttered Blessed Sacrament Church will be shared with the community virtually and in-person starting Sept. 18. Back in May 2020, Hyde Square Task Force's (HSTF) board of directors voted to sell the church as redevelopment and ongoing maintenance were too expensive, and took away from HSTF's mission of supporting enrichment programs for Boston's youth. HSWTF hired Colliers/Cushman and Wakefield to help move the sale of the property forward to a developer that will do something with the property that benefits the community. "As a long-standing nonprofit, deeply rooted in Jamaica Plain, we understand the concerns expressed by members of our community and have worked to address those within the top finalists among the bidders, acknowledging that there could be some community members that might not be satisfied with the options before us.

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Boston Latin Quarter Pop-Up Performance Series: Jorge Arce & Winfred Meadows on July 23

Musicians Jorge Arce and Winfred Meadows will be bringing their Afro-Caribbean music to the neighborhood for a free concert on July 23rd. This performance is a part of a series of pop-up performances happening in Boston’s Latin Quarter this summer sponsored by Hyde Square Task Force. The concert is at 7 pm on the side of the Blessed Sacrament Church (361 Centre St.). For more information about all the pop-up performances, visit @BostonsLatinQuarter on Facebook or Instagram. For more information, email Sarah Brugge at sarah@hydesquare.org.

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Boston Latin Quarter Pop-Up Series Featuring Musician Andrea Cruz on July 8

Musician Andrea Cruz will be kicking off her El Sentir tour with a live performance outside the Connolly Branch Library on July 8th. Andrea Melina Cruz Tirado is a female Puerto Rican artist, singer-songwriter, born in Aibonito, Puerto Rico in 1994. Cruz launched her first musical project Amapola in 2014, positioning her within the alternative music scene on her home island. In 2017, Cruz released her debut album Tejido de laurel, which went on to climb the top of the charts within Puerto Rico’s most important music lists. After two years of sharing her sound in and outside of Puerto Rico, the singer-songwriter started 2019 with an extraordinary NPR Tiny Desk concert and the release of the single "Véngole" featuring Gaby Moreno.

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