Church-to-Condo Conversion OK’d in South End

New Boston Ventures’ plan to transform a 138-year-old church in South Boston into residential use was green lighted by the Boston Redevelopment Authority this month and construction is imminent.
By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor

136 Shawmut Ave. - Boston South End

Left vacant for the past five years, the former Holy Trinity German Church and Rectory located between Tremont and Washington streets—an emerging section of the South End neighborhood, also known as the New York Streets sub-district—will come back to life under redevelopment plans sketched by Finegold Alexander & Associates. The $47 million project, which will blend old and new architecture, will contain 33 boutique condos, as well as tenant support space and 24 underground parking spaces.

Set for completion by the end of 2016, the project will incorporate an eight-story addition to the existing granite structure. In order to accommodate the adaptive reuse of the church, the development team will demolish the existing interior space to make room for the glass-and-steel addition that will rise out of the massive walls of the former church. The rectory building will also be converted into condos with roof deck amenities. Additionally, the developer plans to light up the existing church spire—which stands 110 feet tall—to highlight the classic architecture of the building.

According to public documents, the redeveloped project will feature almost 58,000 square feet of residential space.

The church and attached rectory building sit on a 17,272-square-foot parcel located at 136 Shawmut Ave. PropertyShark data shows that the developer purchased the property in December 2014 for a little over $7 million in a transaction brokered by Colliers International on behalf of the Archdiocese of Boston.

Rendering via Finegold Alexander & Associates