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East Boston church would become two-building apartment complex

Shuttered in 2004


A Boston developer wants to redevelop the shuttered Our Lady of Mount Carmel church site at Gove and Frankfort streets in busy, busy East Boston into a 115-unit residential complex with two buildings and parking.

The archdiocese of Boston shuttered the 99-year-old church in 2004 despite vociferous protests from parishioners.

The Mount Carmel site includes four parcels, per the Herald’s Donna Goodison: the church, a rectory, a convent, and a parking lot.

The developer—an LLC backed by two investors who bought Mount Carmel in 2015 for just over $3 million—would incorporate the church into the project’s design, using it for 13 units. The rectory and the convent would be demolished, according to preliminary plans filed with the Boston Planning and Development Agency.

A new building in place of the rectory would contain 15 units and connect to the church—that’s one building—and a second new building on the convent site would have 87 units. See rendering below.

There would be underground parking off Frankfort and street-level spots on Gove.

Plans are, as mentioned, preliminary. Stay tuned.