In 2004 the Boston Catholic Archdiocese closed Blessed Sacrament, a parish that was then 90% Latino and in 2005 put the property up for sale.
A large community-organizing campaign in 2005 and 2006, led in part by Hyde Square Task Force youth, produced a plan that represented the community’s vision for the Campus that convinced the Archdiocese to keep the campus for mixed income housing, community/educational space, and retail/commercial space.
In 2006, Church Square Partners, a partnership between the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and New Atlantic Development, purchased the campus.
In 2008 the former rectory was relocated to a temporary position and construction began on a parking garage.
In 2009 the rectory was relocated to its new permanent location on Creighton Street for renovation as affordable condominiums for first-time homebuyers.
In 2010 Hyde Square Task Force purchased the Cheverus School, where our youth leadership and community programs are based.
Since 2006, 16 units of moderate-income townhouses, 36 low- and moderate-income rental apartments, and 28 single rooms for formerly homeless men and women have been developed. In addition there are several new storefront businesses on the Centre Street side of the campus. Twenty-one units of market-rate lofts for young professionals are planned in the former Norbert School Building. Click here to be directed to the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation webpage on the Blessed Sacrament Redevelopment.
On February 28th, 2014, Hyde Square Task Force purchased the Blessed Sacrament Church to create an arts and civic center in Boston’s Latin Quarter. Learn more about Hyde Square Task Force’s history with the Blessed Sacrament Campus.