A Lynnfield developer has filed plans with the BPDA to turn the former Our Lady of Victories Church on Isabella Street in Bay Village into 26 condos, with four of them duplexes and one a triplex.
KEMS Corp. is basically proposing a, $18-million gut rehab, in which the front and side facades would remain largely intact, but with the insides scooped out and a new, more modern structure placed in the rear section of the church to add more space for the unit.
The interior structure of the church will be removed, and a portion of the existing roof and upper nave removed. The existing vestry and boiler building at the northwest portion of the Site will necessarily be demolished. Through research into the history of the church, it has been discovered that the existing front steps are not original to the church design. To create accessibility for the building, the existing front steps will be demolished, and the major arches will be cut down to grade at the front. Gothic arched windows at the east, west and northern sides of the church building will have their sills cut down to allow for their utilization by the new residential units. The existing sloped roof at the apse will be removed, and replaced with sloped glazing of the same geometry.
Three of the units would be sold as affordable.
The company is proposing 21 parking spaces in a ground-floor garage.
In addition to the BPDA, the project also needs the approval of the zoning board and the city groundwater trust. Once permitted, KEMS says construction should take 18 months.
25 Isabella Street documents and calendar.