Old South Church puts a $19 million price on sunlight

Old South Church’s leaders hope a developer will be forced to provide more funding for affordable housing programs. –Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Old South Church has put a price on sunlight:

$19 million.

That’s how much the historic Copley Square church wants developer Boston Properties to pay as compensation for shadows a planned tower at Back Bay Station would cast on the 142-year-old church, potentially causing moisture damage to masonry and darkening stained-glass windows.

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