Some neighbors would rather condos.
A CIS reader shared this note they received in the neighborhood of the Gate of Heaven School. Apparently not everyone shares the same view of the Gate of Heaven Neighborhood Association led by life-long Southie resident and neighborhood association president Kevin Lally. Lally and company challenged the archdiocese over selling the building to a developer instead of making into a charter school. After organizing a neighborhood meeting and attending the the City of Boston Zoning Board of Appeals hearing to voice opposition, the zoning board granted a deferral for the hearing until June 23rd to give more time for discussion about the project. According to the Boston Herald, a few dozen people showed up to voice their concern over converting the Gate of Heaven School into condos. This pro-condo neighborhood group – is urging resident who may feel like they have been “bullied,” to reach out to their local politicians and voice their opposition to the charter school.
Mayor Marty Walsh had temporarily blocked the condo proposal last summer after the Gate of Heaven Neighborhood Association was so passionately opposed to it. The Boston Archdiocese closed the school in 2008 and neighbors wanted a new public school or charter school to take over the space. But eight months later, no school tenant has been found, so Walsh decided to let the project go before the BRA and well…we know how that ends. Approved.
We shall see come June 23rd.
To read a signed letter in support of condos visit: https://caughtinsouthie.com/news-politics/different-pov-kids-condos