From The Lucas to 201 West Brookline, the South End and South Boston neighborhoods have seen a fair share of church conversions. The latest of which, is currently being planned at 25 Isabella Street in Bay Village.
This proposed project at 25 Isabella Street is Boston's Bay Village would revitalize a long vacant church building with new condominium residences that better conforms to the character and needs of the surrounding community.
“Careful consideration will be given to the historic and contributing aspects of the Project Site, with an appropriate addition and adaptive re-use that better conforms with the context and future growth of the surrounding neighborhood,” wrote Joseph P. Hanley, a partner with law firm McDermott Quilty & Miller LLP, in the proposal.
Architects Finegold Alexander Architects and Verdant are ensuring that front and side facades would remain largely intact at 25 Isabella Street, but with the insides scooped out and a new, more modern structure placed in the rear section of the church to add more space. 26 units would be constructed at the site.
Modifications to the existing structure will include lowering of existing window-sill heights at the east, west and north sides of the building. These will be cut down to the existing major stone band to accommodate residential units. New replacement windows with mullion/muntin patterns to match what is existing will be provided. The color of the windows within the original church structure will be dark green to match existing. The existing front entry stairs will be removed, and the current arched entries will be then cut down to the sidewalk grade to enable required accessibility.
The existing front entry wood doors will be salvaged and used as side panels for new front glazed areas at first level. Additionally, the Proposed Project removes a portion of the high nave and lower roofs to create a vertical addition of sufficient width to accommodate residential units. The existing vestry and boiler building will be constructed on that footprint at the northwest portion of the Site. The newly created accessible first level will contain the residential lobby, ample space storage and delivery of packages, and spaces for building support and life safety.
The ground floor level will provide for vehicle parking, building mechanical systems and support space, and bicycle parking in full conformance with Boston Transportation Department (“BTD”) requirements.
The proposed housing program at 25 Isabella Street provides a mix of one, two and three-bedroom units, including a one-bedroom loft, six (6) one-bedroom units, thirteen (13) two-bedroom units and six (6) three-bedroom units, of which four (4) are duplex units ranging from 800 square feet up to approximately 2,100 square feet. Many of the units will also have their own private outdoor spaces at balconies and private roof decks, and with no common roof deck currently contemplated.
The developers expect construction of 25 Isabella Street to cost $18 million and take approximately 18 months to complete.
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