Well, it looks like the developer who once wanted to covert the Gate of Heaven School on East Fourth Street has given up the fight with the neighborhood organization Kids Before Condos.
According to a post on Facebook, the developer will not be renewing his Purchase and Sale Agreement for the school.
Oranmore Enterprises wanted to build 26 units with 40 parking spots at the home of the former neighborhood school. The Boston Archdiocese closed the school in 2008 and has been vacant since then.
The neighborhood seems to be divided on this project. Kids Before Condos – led by Gate of Heaven Neighborhood Association President Kevin Lally – wanted the school to stay a school with the hopes of a charter school occupying the building. Another group of abutters did not like the idea of a charter school and were in support of the developer’s proposal sighting it was a better fit for the neighborhood.
So we shall see, Southie! Who knows? Maybe it will be a drive-thru Starbucks?