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Temple Shalom is on the market

Posted by Johanna Seltz  July 7, 2010 04:43 PM

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Temple Shalom, the only Jewish synagogue in town, is on the market

The temple is listed with NAI Hunneman, commercial real estate brokers, who said they have not yet set a price for the 4-acre lot and 22,000-square-foot building located at 180 Blue Hill Ave. in Milton.

“We’ll be starting to show it in the next couple of weeks to qualified buyers,” said David Ross. ”I can see it as a school, a training facility. We think it’s going to go educational or religious -- a church, a mosque, a synagogue, a school.

“They’re looking to sell to another group that can use it as they have used it,” Ross said.

Temple Shalom asked Town Meeting in April for a zoning change so the congregation could sell part of the residentially zoned land to a commercial developer. The developer planned to bring in a CVS and Harvard Coop Market.

With proceeds from the sale, the temple had planned to demolish its building and put a smaller one at the same location.

The proposal failed by 17 votes, and Temple Shalom is moving forward with “Plan B” -- selling the property in its current zoning to raise money to build elsewhere in Milton, said temple president Lynda Packer.

“We are very optimistic about being able to manage this process for the temple’s continued viability,” she said.

The current congregation has about 140 families, a quarter the size it was in the mid-1970s, and wants a smaller facility. The current site houses a shul and the Campbell School, a private preschool and kindergarten.

"This is not the end, but a new beginning," Rabbi Alfred Benjamin said after the rezoning failed last spring. "We're getting more young families, so we know we have a future. And we hope we'll have a future in Milton. We just have to be patient."

Temple Shalom serves families in Milton, Dorchester, Hyde Park, and Roslindale, as well as Quincy and Canton.

Packer asked that anyone interested in the property contact Ross at 617-457-3400 ext. 2610 or dross@naihunneman.com.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seelenfam@verizon.net.

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