On Tuesday, the Zoning Board of Appeals approved the plans to convert the old Gate of Heaven School into condos. Oranmore Enterprises will build 26 units with 40 parking spots at the home of the former neighborhood school. Mayor Marty Walsh had temporarily blocked this 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 it was approved.
The neighborhood seemed to be divided on this project. Kids Before Condos – lead 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.
No date has been set for when construction will begin. The Boston Globe is reporting that Lally and the Gate of Heaven Neighborhood Association is playing on suing the developer.