The Boston Chinese Evangelical Church will be expanding into the South End.
Based on Harrison Avenue in Chinatown, the church has a purchase agreement for 120 Shawmut Ave. Located near the Ink Block development, the property is currently home to the South Cove Nursing Home, which plans to relocate to Quincy in early 2014.
“We are excited by the South Cove Manor board’s decision and with the prospects of being able to better share God’s love and to serve the community with the new space,” Steven Chin, senior pastor at the church, said in a statement.
The home has provide health services to the area’s Chinese elderly since 1985 and was reportedly searching for a buyer that shared similar values with it.
It will be moving to a “state-of-the-art” facility at 288 Washington St. in Quincy, providing it with 141 rooms, expanded rehabilitation facilities, and larger common areas.
“We are pleased with the diligent efforts of our CEO, Richard Wong, in negotiating the sale of 120 Shawmut Avenue” Richard Lui, chairman of the South Cove Board, said in a statement. “It is important to us that the property not only remain a community resource, but also that we can continue to maintain an office at the site and use it as a location to offer our very popular Breakfast Seminar Series to the public.”
The Boston Chinese Evangelical Church operates properties in both Boston and Newtonville, serving close to 1,200 parishioners that speak Mandarin, Cantonese, and English.