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  Land Rich: Hot Properties

Boston Herald
August 27, 2002

The Archdiocese of Boston claims it would need to close schools and churches if it was to make good on settlements to victims of sexual abuse by clergy, but a Boston Herald investigation found nearly $160 million in church property the church no longer uses.

[The following table accompanied a two-part article {1} {2} in the Boston Herald, which also ran an editorial. The archdiocese of Boston published a reply to this analysis in the Pilot, its weekly newspaper. BishopAccountability.org has also sorted this table in descending order of assessment value. At the bottom of this page we have reproduced the map that appeared with the original Herald article.]

Property listings followed by assessed value:

  ARLINGTON  
Arlington Land used for Little League $435,600
Arlington More recreational land $2,945,400
  BELMONT  
Belmont 160 Lexington St. (former St. Luke’s school) $1,597,000
Belmont 132 Lexington St. (rents for $127,000) $498,000
Belmont 407 Belmont St. (former convent-CCD) $558,000
Belmont 23 Oakley Rd. (former Our Lady of Mercy parish hall) $3,508,000
  BOSTON  
Boston 60 O'Connell Way (Regina Cleri) $10,959,000
Boston 516 Columbia Rd. $787,100
Boston 211 Bay State Rd. (B.U. Catholic Center) $492,600
  Brighton  
Boston-Brighton 2102-2121 Commonwealth Ave. (land only) $2,467,000
Boston-Brighton 9-27 Lake St. $25,784,000
  Dorchester  
Boston-Dorchester 750 Dorchester Ave. (former central laundry) $1,669,000
Boston-Dorchester Bowdoin St. (St. Peter's convent) $524,800
Boston-Dorchester 530 Columbia Rd. (former parsonage) $770,700
  East Boston  
Boston-East Boston 54 Ashley St. (youth center) $508,400
  Hyde Park  
Boston-Hyde Park 1286 Hyde Park Ave. (former Most Precious Blood school) $2,517,000
  Jamaica Plain  
Boston-Jamaica Plain Woodman St. (former St. Thomas school) $1,033,500
Boston-Jamaica Plain Jamaica St. (former Leo XIII school) $435,900
Boston-Jamaica Plain Haverford St. (Our Lady of Lourdes convent) $94,800
  Roslindale  
Boston-Roslindale 190 Cummings Hwy. (former St. Clare's high school) $3,563,000
  Roxbury  
Boston-Roxbury Circuit St. (former St. Joseph parish) $828,700
  South Boston  
Boston-South Boston 70 Gen. William Devine Way $784,900
  BROOKLINE  
Brookline 918 W. Roxbury Pkwy. (Infant Jesus church) $1,086,300
Brookline 6 Woodcliff Rd. (Infant Jesus rectory) $426,100
Brookline 207 Freeman St. (former St. Aidan) $2,222,900
Brookline 158 Pleasant St. (former rectory) $657,300
  BRIDGEWATER  
Bridgewater 123 Center St. (St. Thomas Aquinas parish center) $1,155,700
  BROCKTON  
Brockton 37 Erie Ave. (former St. Colman's school) $2,567,530
  CAMBRIDGE  
Cambridge 170 Rindge Ave. (Our Lady of Pity church and school) $7,487,300
Cambridge 80 Seventh St. (former Sacred Heart school) $1,935,400
Cambridge 44 Dudley St. (Rev. Thos. J. Williams Park) $511,000
Cambridge 122 Rindge Ave. (former St. John's school) $6,720,400
  CHELSEA  
Chelsea Vacant land $113,100
Chelsea Parcel at former church $366,400
Chelsea Parcel at former church $775,700
Chelsea Clark Ave. (apartments) $209,500
  FOXBORO  
Foxboro 99 Mechanic St. $119,300
Foxboro 50 Carpenter (land and building) $419,700
  FRAMINGHAM  
Framingham 25 Clinton St. (former St. Stephen's school) $1,689,500
  FRANKLIN  
Franklin Union St. (37.5 acres) $225,000
Franklin Vine St. (26.1 acres) $199,600
Franklin 201 Main St. (Benjamin Franklin charter, 5.29 acres) $1,524,000
  GLOUCESTER  
Gloucester 15 Ocean Ave. (one parcel) $127,000
Gloucester 6 Lake Rd. (one parcel) $127,100
Gloucester 165 Eastern Ave. (one parcel) $350,400
Gloucester 15 Farrington Ave. (one parcel) $47,700
  GROTON  
Groton 29 Old Orchard St. $183,300
  GROVELAND  
Groveland Undeveloped land (10.7 acres) $198,000
  HAVERHILL  
Haverhill Chadwick St. (12,300 sq. ft. of land) $10,000
  HINGHAM  
Hingham French St. (20.8 acres)  
Hingham Woodlock Rd. (19 acres)  
Hingham Crestwood and Woodlock Rds. (4 parcels) $836,000
  HUDSON  
Hudson 13A Green St. (Christ the King school) $203,100
Hudson 44 Central (church) $310,700
Hudson 246-250 Main St. (recent purchase) $500,000
Hudson 186 Main St. (recent purchase) $600,000
  HULL  
Hull 212 Samoset Ave. (single-family home) $229,200
  IPSWICH  
Ipswich 20 Topsfield Rd. (.4 acres residential land) $147,600
Ipswich 22 Topsfield Rd. (.44 acres residential land) $100,800
  LEXINGTON  
Lexington 718 Massachusetts Ave. $240,000
  LOWELL  
Lowell W. 6th St. (8-bed, 6.5-bath house) $643,500
Lowell Dracut St. (3-story apartment building) $1,486,500
Lowell Merrimack St. (9-bedroom-plus building) $771,500
Lowell Moore St. (3-story, 9-plus bedroom house) $376,000
Lowell 327 Gorham St. (commercial building) $252,600
Lowell Gorham St. (demolition site) $182,200
  MARBLEHEAD  
Marblehead Atlantic Ave. (former school used for CCD) $3,549,000
  MAYNARD  
Maynard 65 Great Rd. (former St. Casimir) $553,400
Maynard Great Rd. (land) $234,400
Maynard 1 Percival St. (former St. Bridget school) $308,100
  MEDFORD  
Medford St. Raphael church dormitory $404,200
  MILLIS  
Millis Curve St. (11.18 acres) $137,100
  MILTON  
Milton Our Lady's Hall (Regina Cleri) $1,210,400
Milton 265 Wolcott Rd. (2.19 acres) $199,800
Milton 865 Brush Hill Rd. (7.3 acres) $258,200
  NATICK  
Natick 4-6 Lincoln St. (recent purchase) $600,600
Natick 45 Central St. (former St. Patrick's school) $2,467,600
Natick 5 Wilson St. (former convent) $1,227,000
  NEWBURY  
Newbury 111 Northern Blvd. (.749 acres on Plum Island) $389,100
  NEWBURYPORT  
Newburyport Former church/school property $3,400,000
  NEWTON  
Newton 253 Watertown St. (former St. Jean's) $313,600
Newton 8-28 Commonwealth Ave. (former St. Ignatius) $2,848,100
Newton 64-90 Crescent Ave. (former school and convent) $3,671,000
Newton 12 Allen Pl. (former rectory) $369,000
Newton 24 Prospect Pl. (former convent) $1,306,600
Newton 1497-1505 Washington St. (former school and convent) $2,656,300
Newton 1522 Washington St. (former rectory/schoolhouse) $1,198,400
  QUINCY  
Quincy 32 Phipps St. (former St. John's school and convent) $2,228,770
Quincy 31 Gay St. (apartments) $160,700
Quincy 882 Hancock St. (Labor Guild) $602,080
  SALEM  
Salem Federal St. (rented by city) $1,980,000
Salem Margin St. (office building) $560,200
Salem St. Peter St. (former St. John the Baptist school) $649,100
  SALISBURY  
Salisbury Parsonage at beach $414,200
  SCITUATE  
Scituate Hatherly Rd. (10.2 acres) $106,400
  SHERBORN  
Sherborn 14 Farm Rd. $275,000
  SOMERVILLE  
Somerville Land used as athletic fields $1,198,500
Somerville Central St. (office building) $310,000
Somerville 9-plus bedroom dorm-like building $644,900
  SWAMPSCOTT  
Swampscott Former school, now CCD $1,330,000
Swampscott Humphrey St. (CCD and nursery school) $902,000
Swampscott Humphrey St. (condo building) $339,900
  WAKEFIELD  
Wakefield Butler Ave. (parcel near church) $12,600
  WALTHAM  
Waltham 527 Main St. (former St. Joseph's school) $2,376,900
Waltham 880 Trapelo Rd. (25 acres) $2,500,000
Waltham 133 School St. (former convent) $3,818,300
  WATERTOWN  
Watertown 25 Chestnut St. (former school and convent) $3,633,700
  WESTON  
Weston Boston Post Rd. (1-acre vacant lot) $431,300
  WESTWOOD  
Westwood Gay St. (1 acres [sic?]) $33,200
  WEYMOUTH  
Weymouth 1199 Commercial St. (former school and convent) $2,154,100
  WINTHROP  
Winthrop Rented portion of church-owned building $289,000
Winthrop Winthrop St. (undeveloped parcel) $86,100
Winthrop Lincoln St. (CCD etc. complex) $2,550,000
  WOBURN  
Woburn 8 Summer St. (former St. Charles convent) $1,407,816



Note: This table was transcribed from the Boston Herald by the staff at BishopAccountability.org and carefully checked. If we have made any errors, please contact us at staff@bishop-accountability.org.
 
 

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