You can say goodbye to the old Gate of Heaven School building before it’s gone this weekend! Back in January, it was announced the Archdiocese of Boston would be knocking down the building and turning it into a parking lot. 40 parking spaces will be available for rent. The cash from the rentals will be used to help with the upkeep of the Gate of Heaven Church.
In March, the City of Boston Landmark Commission voted for a 90 day delay of demolition so everyone involved could take a second look and potential save the building. The Archdiocese of Boston has decided to move forward with the parking lot plan. The school will officially be torn down. If you’d like to get one last look at the school, you can stop by on Sunday, October 21st from 9am-12pm. The building will be open for one last visit. Refreshments will be served. Then bring on the wrecking ball!
History of how we got here:
Since 2014, The Gate of Heaven School building has been in and out of the news for its development proposals. Initially, Oranmore Enterprises proposed converting the historic school building into into 31 condos with 40 parking spots. (The proposal was then revised to 26 condos.) The neighborhood erupted in opposition to the condos- and a counter campaign to keep the building a school called Kids Before Condos formed. The mission of Kids Before Condos was to urge the Archdiocese to reopen the property as a charter school for neighborhood students. But some direct abutters did not love this idea and preferred condos over a charter school.
Eventually, after so much controversy, the developer pulled the proposed plan and the Archdiocese took the property off of the market. When it was announced that the school would in fact be demolished and turned into a parking lot, the neighborhood seemed disappointed.
Father Casey from the Gate of Heaven Parish told the Boston Globe they had explored alternatives such as senior housing, but decided against it. “Elderly housing is something we looked at seriously, but it brought financial risk in years to come,” Casey said.
So a parking lot it is!
What do you think?