BLESSED SACRAMENT CHURCH

Update on the Blessed Sacrament Church – June 4th, 2021

Hyde Square Task Force will be designing a public process whereby the community at large will get a chance to meet potential developers and have the opportunity to provide input. HSTF will consider this feedback in its final decision-making. Once a process has been designed, we will communicate it widely to ensure we get as much community participation as possible.

Update on the Blessed Sacrament Church – May 27th, 2021

In the coming days, Hyde Square Task Force will be working with a vendor to board up all windows and doors of the Blessed Sacrament Church in accordance with the City of Boston’s requirements for unoccupied buildings. No decisions have been made about the potential sale or future development of the building, and this current work is being done in response to mandatory building code guidelines from the City of Boston’s Inspectional Services Department.

Update on the Blessed Sacrament Church – May 13th, 2021

In the late spring of 2020, the Board made the difficult decision to put the Blessed Sacrament Church up for sale after six years of exploring all options for turning the church into community space. This decision was not made lightly. After an unsuccessful attempt through a public RFP process to identify a developer that shared our vision for the building in 2019, we came to the realization that a multi-million-dollar campaign to transform the church would ultimately be unsuccessful and would deter from our primary mission.

As we shared through a series of six community meetings in the fall of 2020, we continue to be committed to a sale that meets not only the financial needs of HSTF, but also benefits the community. To that end we are considering the following as we look at proposals:

1) Prioritize a buyer that appreciates the significance of the building to the community, Boston’s Latin Quarter, and will keep this in mind as it goes forward with the redevelopment of the site;

2) Ensure that HSTF can continue to activate the front of the church through a series of annual arts and cultural events; and

3) The proposed project will need to go through a redevelopment review process that includes the voices of the Latin Quarter community.

In the late fall of 2020, we engaged a broker and have been fielding inquiries and proposals from various groups over the past two months.  In the weeks ahead, we will be reviewing proposals with these criteria in mind. We are committed to keeping you informed as the sale process continues. With each passing day, this beautiful building continues to deteriorate, and we are committed to seeing it come back to life in a way that honors its past and fits into the vision of our neighborhood, Boston’s Latin Quarter.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Executive Director, Celina Miranda, at celina@hydesquare.org.


Update on the Blessed Sacrament Church – October, 2020

Hyde Square Task Force hosted a series of virtual meetings in October of 2020 (three in English and three in Spanish) to share more information about the recent decision by its Board of Directors to sell the former Blessed Sacrament Church.

For more information on the church, feel free to read the following documents for background:

RFP Press Release – June, 2019
Request for Proposals – June, 2019