The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a developer's plan to turn the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church at Frankfort and Gove streets in East Boston into 14 condos - and to build 94 more on former church land across the street.
The board's approval comes after nearly two years of negotiations between developers Timothy White and Lou Cabral and neighbors and former parishioners - many still upset by the Archdiocese of Boston's 2004 decision to close the church.
The developers agreed to keep the exterior of the church as part of the negotiations - and will build a "reflection garden" open to the public.
Under the plans approved by the zoning board today, and by the BPDA last month, the developers will tear down two existing buildings across Gove Street from the church and replace them with an entirely new six-story building. In total, the project will have 79 one-bedroom condos and 29 two-bedroom condos - with 14 units sold as affordable, half to people making up to 100% of the Boston-area median income and the other half to people making no more than 80% of it.
The project will have 84 parking spaces - 71 in a garage, the rest at street level.
Frankfort/Gove presentation (8.2M PDF).