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Goodbye Marian Manor

With the direction of South Boston real estate has been heading lately, it should be no surprise that another landmark piece of property is for sale.  According to an article written by Jon Chesto in the the Boston Globe, the Marian Manor – a Southie nursing home with a large campus located on Dorchester Street – is on the market.

The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and infirm has decided to sell – a new trend in local businesses where the real estate is worth more than the business itself.  The Marian Manor complex is made up of seven buildings almost 2-acres in size.  That’s a big footprint!

So what does that mean for the residents of the Marian Manor?  According to the Globe, the Carmelites would love to stay in the Southie on the current site similar to what is proposed for the Notre Dame Education Center but are open to moving to another location in Southie or Dorchester.

So we shall see, Southie!  In a blink of an eye, the landscape of the neighborhood is changing at a rapid pace. 

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  1. Another location is South Boston? Where would that be; given the price of real estate here? It’s getting to the point we can’t even die here.

    • If you read the article they mention staying at the site in the way the Notre Dame Education Center did their deal. What happens is MM would sell their building with the agreement that they would have the right to either lease space in the redevelopment, or separate a piece of the building to be a commercial condo where they would operate out of.

      Helps if you read and think for a second rather than complain right off the bat……but hey, were in Southie, I’m probably asking for too much.

      • Thank you for explaining, you are easily the smartest commenter on this site and we all appreciate your insights. Also helps if you have a 3rd grade comprehension level too. The organization says they “would love to stay on the current site” which is a far cry from any commitment to do so and for all intents and purposes is meaningless. The site will go to whomever offers the most cash. Mr. Conroy’s point is a valid one. Sites are few and far between for an operation such as this one which goes to their comment about being open to moving to another location in Southie. Psssst. the article is still up so you can read it as much as you like till you get it!

        • Both Kevin and Edward are correct, both articles say that the MM will NOT be on that site, to whomever the highest bidder is for whatever purposes…a SIGN of the times in the City of Boston, PRIME real Estate for any and all to cash in…:(….have a great day all !!!!!!

      • I did read it. I also read the Colliers site. I doubt that there will be any Marion Manor on the site.
        It’s been a real pleasure chatting with you.

  2. They do tremendous work. Having said that I am frustrated to say the least that they are selling to make a buck.. The residents of South Boston and many others have paid the freight for this place for decades in the form of fundraisers, donations etc. so that this institution could stay in place. Probably paid off their mortgage so that they could afford to stay here in perpetuity. Although I’m making a few assumptions here, I feel like selling because the market is so good is a huge slap in the face to the people of South Boston and the surrounding communities who have supported them.

    • Eleanor
      The building is falling apart. They can not continue to care for the residents with so many repairs needed. The money is needed for repairs or to buy a new building…

    • Eleanor
      The building is falling apart. They can not continue to care for the residents with so many repairs needed. The money is needed for repairs or to buy a new building…

  3. So sad. I was born there ( the old CARNEY HOSPITAL) worked there as a young boy in the 60’s and lived in the HEIGHTS section of southie. Always remember the carmalite nuns ( with their LARGE WHITE HABITS ) in the neighborhood. Times they are changing..

  4. I grew up in South Boston, graduated from Boston Latin School, earned a Bachelor’s degree, yet I can not afford to live in South Boston. Its sad and unfortunate that I did not see the changes coming and didnt invest in some sort of property 25 years ago. Now I pay the price by only being able to visit. Mayor Walsh…please, we need more affordable housing. Its a shame that even Affordable housing is not really affordable…..Just had to vent.

  5. The FEW who didnot scatter to the burbs 30 years ago are now reaping the benefits..remember we “SOUTHIES” (that’s what they call us) stayed loyal to the town and are benefiting for their LOYALTY to SOUTHIE via exceptional real estate prices..We paid our dues and deserve what we have coming..

  6. What I would like to know is where are they going to house ALL the elderly and disabled people. The same people who (along with many other places) made South Boston (NOT SOBO) the desirable place to live. Dances, fund raisers, raffle tickets and anything else they could do to try to ensure that come their time there would be a safe, caring place for them to go.
    I would like to call upon our (past and current) politicians to help (under some kind of law, they can make up other laws when it suits them), to pass something to protect our nursing homes. Shear greed is what’s going on here. So PLEASE, Stephen Lynch, Nick Collins, Mike Flaherty, Ed Flynn, Mayor Walsh, and yes even you Mr. Linehan. Please help our elderly, handicapped and other wise in need of constant care who do not have any other family but their Southie family (and until the Late 80’s, early 90’s was that, a family. who kept (thru fund raisers. Donations, etc. Kept this place going. Now we know that the NEWBIES don’t care their just passing thru and are under the assumption that their not going to get old (What a surprise they’ve got coming). For us who are dealing with reality, where do we go to sign up,for elder housing. I know it takes awhile, some of us will have passed before we even get close to being called. This is a travistry of justice considering the ppl of South Boston already bought and paid for this institution several times over. Now if you don’t want to do it because it’s the right thing to do, do it for ALL of your relatives that have passed under the care of compassionate ppl who (after all the money that was pumped thru there) couldn’t even get a decent wage. However, now they too have succumbed to the greed. Shame on them. I thought the nuns (Not priest) took a. Vow of poverty. I say this because never once (when they came around) did they show up in anything other than a CADDY.
    I can’t help but wonder if this is their answer to the most recent scandal in P.A.
    Thank you in advance for talking time out of you busy day to read this.

    • The Sisters are not trying to make a buck selling the property. If you read all the articles, Marion Manor does not meet the criteria set to care for their aged population.
      The building is pieced together and is in need of millions of dollars to renovate. Why throw money at a building that needs to be torn down? The article said the sisters hope to couple with a developer onsite if possible, or find a piece of property to build an up to date facility.
      This process takes time and the building will be built while the residents at Marian Manor wait to move in to a new facility. At that point, whoever buys Marion Manor will either gut it out and build whatever or tear the buildings down.

    • Your comments about the sisters border slander. The building is in dire need of replacement. I have lived near the area for years and never saw the sisters in a caddy. So don’t be so”caddy”.
      If you were not so critical maybe you would have noticed that the Manor aged out years ago. The demands for all the rehabs etc. calls for a new facility to meet the needs of the residents.

  7. I’ve just been informed through Facebook and my daughter Allison who lives in Michigan to read Caught In Southie as my son Nick Dixon had a big write up in your article. Being a chef in boston for so many years was beginning to wear on me. So I made a decision to working as a head chef and eventually a food service director in nursing homes. So needless to say I know what it’s like working in nursing homes and what it’s like for those unfortunate residents who have to reside in one for so many years. What I’m going with this is that I hope and pray that somehow they will find the residents a place to live out their lives in peace and happiness. God knows that they deserve it. Good luck to all those elderly Southie residents.

  8. Seems to me the city can t even keep “elderly housing” just for the elderly.. W 9th St complex in particular.
    Like many “old timers” I bought over 30 years ago but although you think you reap frm that.. I am now tired of the over development.. the parking, the dog Sh-t in front of my door and wondering where I wil go next.
    The pols and the bulders certainly dont seem to care.. When I go to meetings about new developments , it feels like it is already a done deal.. the building ging up where Stadium was on Old Colony is not the building that was discussed at those meetings..

  9. The Sisters are not trying to make a buck selling the property. If you read all the articles, Marion Manor does not meet the criteria set to care for their aged population.
    The building is pieced together and is in need of millions of dollars to renovate. Why throw money at a building that needs to be torn down? The article said the sisters hope to couple with a developer onsite if possible, or find a piece of property to build an up to date facility.
    This process takes time and the building will be built while the residents at Marian Manor wait to move in to a new facility. At that point, whoever buys Marion Manor will either gut it out and build whatever or tear the buildings down.