Currently, there is a plan by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and New Atlantic Development Corp. to develop the Blessed Sacrament Church in Jamaica Plain into 32 luxury condominiums, some of which will be priced as high as $750,000.
The Blessed Sacrament Church is a majestic neighborhood icon, located in the heart of Boston's Latin Quarter, a cultural center for the city's Latin American community and the home of thousands of newly arrived immigrants. This tight-knit community has experienced severe displacement of residents brought on by gentrification over the past decade and it is feared that luxury condos in the landmark church will fuel and intensify the gentrification process.
The powerful church structure, regarded by preservationists as one of the most notable examples of Italian Renaissance Revival architecture in the country, deserves a renewed and thoughtful community-wide discussion, rather than just a convenient cash sale to a luxury condo developer.
We believe the building should be utilized in a manner that serves and strengthens the entire diverse community of Hyde/Jackson Square. We are calling upon the Boston Redevelopment Authority to open up the planning process for the development of the church and another vacant building on the Blessed Sacrament campus, the Norbert Building.
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