South End church converts to apartments

Boston Herald | By Donna Goodison
October 7, 2016

A Natick developer is switching up plans to redevelop the South End’s former Immaculate Conception Church into housing after the discovery of structural problems forced the company to scrap a 48-car parking garage in the church’s basement.

761 Harrison Church LLC, led by Ronald Simons of Bodwell Pines Corp., is now proposing 63 apartments in the church instead of previously planned condominiums, including units in the basement in place of the parking.

Twenty-five parking spaces for the tenants will instead be reserved in the adjacent James Court garage, according to new plans filed with the Boston Development & Planning Agency.

The residential building at 771 Harrison Ave. would be called The Cosmopolitan.

Six affordable apartments are included in project plans, along with balconies, roof terraces, patio spaces outside the garden-level apartments along East Concord Street and the interior courtyard area, and common space.

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