University Has Interest in Buying Archdiocese Property

University Has Interest in Buying Archdiocese Property

The University hopes to purchase more than 27 acres of land that the Boston Archdiocese has offered for sale across the street from the Boston College campus in Brighton.

This map shows the property being offered for sale by the Boston Archdiocese. It includes the three-story archbishop's residence and more than 27 acres of adjoining land. St. John's Seminary and the chancery, which houses archiocesan offices, are not part of the sale.
"Boston College is committed to making an offer for the property that is reflective of the value of the land and that will help the Archdiocese of Boston to reach its settlement obligations," said the University's spokesman, Public Affairs Director Jack Dunn.

"The college has a pronounced need for open space for recreational purposes that could be addressed through this property," Dunn said.

The sale of 27.6 acres to developers would have a major effect on the neighborhood from Commonwealth Avenue to Lake and Foster streets, noted Dunn. "We share the same concerns as any other neighbor regarding development proposals and hope that our connection to the Archdiocese of Boston as a Catholic university will enable us to keep the land within the Church."

The Boston Archdiocese announced last week it would market the archbishop's residence and more than 27 adjoining acres to help pay for an $85 million settlement with victims of clergy sex abuse.

The sale does not include St. John's Seminary, or the chancery housing archdiocesan offices.

The three-story mansion built by Cardinal William O'Connell in the 1920s has been used as a residence by the last four archbishops. But new Archbishop Sean O'Malley, a Capuchin friar, has opted for quarters in the rectory at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston's South End.

The residence and land were recently assessed at nearly $14 million by the City of Boston.

The sale helps fulfill Archbishop O'Malley's promise that no collection money will be used to pay for the settlement. His plan is to take out short-term loans to fund the settlement and then pay back the lenders with proceeds from the sale of the Brighton property and insurance money.

-Public Affairs staff


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