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Group is pressed over Chinatown tract

Critics demand site be used for housing

The C-Mart supermarket sits on property that was designated for affordable housing nearly three decades ago. The C-Mart supermarket sits on property that was designated for affordable housing nearly three decades ago. (Jeremy Fox for the Boston Globe)
By Jeremy C. Fox
Globe Correspondent / March 27, 2012
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The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England is facing criticism over its failure to use land at Herald and Washington streets for affordable housing, as stipulated in a 1983 deal for the property. The group is expected to sign a new lease that could tie up the property, at Herald and Washington streets, for decades more. As early as Tuesday, the association may vote on a 10-year extension, with two optional five-year extensions to follow, for the C-Mart supermarket.

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