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Boston Archdiocese to sell headquarters for $65 million, move to Braintree
By Michael Paulson, Globe Staff
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston this afternoon announced that it is selling its headquarters property in Brighton to Boston College for $65 million.
The sale is expected to close Aug. 1, and will include 18 acres of land and multiple buildings. The archdiocese will retain only one building, St. Johnís Seminary, where it has been training priests since 1883.
"We have reached a significant milestone in announcing this agreement," Cardinal SeŠn P. O'Malley said in a statement. "Proceeds from this sale will allow the archdiocese to invest resources for the benefit of our parishes, clergy, St. Johnís Seminary and the many important programs that serve a large number of people."
The archdiocese will move its administrative offices to a modern, four-story, 140,000-square-foot office building on Brooks Drive in Braintree. The building is owned by The Flatley Company, whose billionaire founder, Thomas Flatley, has been a major archdiocesan benefactor.
Boston College, a Catholic university that has long desired more land for dormitories and academic facilities, will launch a much-anticipated expansion across Commonwealth Avenue; the university is describing its current home as its Chestnut Hill campus and the archdiocesan land as its Brighton campus.
Boston College had already purchased 46 acres from the archdiocese since 2004, including the mansion that had been the home of Bostonís first four cardinal-archbishops. The college is planning late next month to file a master plan with the city, proposing over the next decade to use the archdiocesan land for several new undergraduate dormitories, a baseball field, and housing for Jesuit priests.
The archdiocese said it hopes by July 2008 to complete the move of the approximately 200 employees who work at the Brighton headquarters to Braintree. The archdiocese is also hoping over time to move other employees who work at a variety of sites around Boston to the Braintree building.
The archdiocese is only moving administrators to Braintree. The seat of the archdiocese will remain the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, in Boston's South End, and Cardinal Sean P. OíMalley will continue to reside at the cathedral rectory. The archdiocese will also continue to maintain its social service operations, parishes and schools in the city; there are also two Catholic universities, Boston College and Emmanuel College, and two Caritas Christi hospitals, St. Elizabeth's and Carney, in the city.
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