It really shouldn’t be that surprising.  South Boston residents’ opposition to certain development projects fall open deaf ears most of the time. So when Thomas Grillo of the Boston Business Journal wrote an article stating that although the neighborhood had voice strong opposition to the school becoming condos, the Archdiocese of Boston is still going to sell the property to developers who will convert the space into exactly that.

According to the article, Kevin Lally, president of the Gate of Heaven Neighborhood Association, is leading the charge to put a stop to the plans and is asking for Mayor Marty Walsh’s help.  The neighborhood hoped to have the school converted into a new charter school for the community – a fact that was evident after the city conducted a door to door survey near the school and the majority was in opposition to condos. 

As for what happens next, we shall see.

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  1. Cathy June 28, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    If it must be sold to developers then our community really needs to push for affordable housing–especially for long-term residents who are not able to afford to stay here now.

  2. Lorrie L June 29, 2014 at 3:14 am
    This community has financially supported the Gate of Heaven for years, church and school. What harm would it be to allow the charted school option to at least try to succeed? Families are crushed under the financial burden of tuitions and have repeatedly voiced their wish for more charter seat options. Waiting lists exist at all the charters,
    Why is the church so willing to dismiss this option that would help families and create an ongoing income.
    The church administrators in Boston are appearing more like dictators who don’t want to be told what to do, then priests who reach out and engage their parishioners. Nice way to push more families away
  3. Anonymous July 1, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    I thought that the mission of the achdiocese to help & serve the community.

    Seems that they are waving to the community from the real estate bandwagon while helping & serving themselves to the profits.

  4. Freddy November 11, 2014 at 5:37 am
    Thanks for finaly talking about >The Archdiocese of Boston says the Gate
    of Heaven School will be sold to developer. | Caught in Southie

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