Church: No comment on redevelopment

May 2, 2014
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The New York-based Society of Redemptorist Fathers, which operates the Mission Church and owns the church property, said it is unable to answer questions on the fate of the long-stalled redevelopment along Smith Street.

Mary Weaver, director of communications for the Redemptorist Fathers, referred questions about the redevelopment to Mission Church’s rector, Rev. Raymond Collins. He did not respond to a request for comment.

Weston Associates won City approval in 2005 to redevelop three buildings between 80 and 100 Smith St. on the Mission Church campus into residential properties. But then the developer leased 90 Smith St. to the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). HSPH moved into that renovated property in 2011.

Weston Associates’ two other properties—the Convent of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at 100 Smith St. and St. Alphonsus Hall at 80 Smith St.—were slated to become residential towers. But those buildings are still there and remain vacant.

The church complex plan was part of a larger property sell-off by the Redemptorist Fathers. It also included several other properties around Mission Hill that have since been redeveloped.

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