Developers Timothy White and Richard Egan have filed plans to turn the long closed Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church at Gove and Frankfort streets into 14 condos and to demolish the rectory and convent across Gove to make way for a new six story building with 98 condos.
In their filing with the BPDA, the developers are proposing 84 parking spaces, which would be in a garage under the new building. About 15 units would be sold at the BPDA's definition of affordable rates.
They describe their plans for the church:
The Church Building will be the cornerstone of this development, respectfully reused and converted into spacious loft-style living units that capture the soaring interior spaces and volume of the building. There will be three levels of residential units with the top floor units capturing the currently hidden truss space above the vaulted ceiling. The exterior of the building, including its brick and stone façade, will be restored. It will be sensitively repaired where religious iconography was removed. The front door and side window openings will be lowered to the ground to better connect the building to the street and surrounding landscape. A reflective outdoor space that honors the church’s history will be crafted along the widened sidewalks at the corner of Frankfort and Gove streets. A new corner green space will be built at the corner of Gove and Lubec Streets to conceal parking for the Church Building units, while also creating a landscaped edge along Gove Street bringing much needed green space to the neighborhood.
The two hope to begin construction in the fall of 2019 and have units ready for occupancy by the spring of 2021.