Developer looks to turn former Jamaica Plain church into housing

by Liz Hughes

A developer is looking to renovate and transform the former Blessed Sacrament Church in Jamaica Plain into a housing development. 

This isn’t the first time the church, which has stood empty for more than a decade, has been considered for redevelopment. 

A letter of intent filed with the Boston Planning & Development Agency by developer Pennrose looks to create a mixed-use, mixed-income housing development at the 361 Centre St. site in Hyde Square. 

The 63,200-square-foot building would include multipurpose/performance space, as well as 55 residential units and management, maintenance and community spaces, according to the filing. The plan is to house these within the existing church structure as well as the addition of “two discrete and accessible residential additions at the rear of the building.”

The sustainable construction project includes a mix of 14 studios, 22 one-bedroom units and 19 two-bedroom units. It will also include residential common space under the existing church. Roughly 60% of the project will be deemed affordable.

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