The town's project review committee has been working with thePlanning Office for Urban Affairs, a non profit developmentcorporation appointed by the Archdiocese of Boston to develop theproperty, to come up with a plan for the site. The project involvesadapting the interior of the church to allow it to be convertedinto nine market-rate units. Seven additional market rate unitswill be built in two to three story townhouses while 58 affordableunits will be built in a separate building.

Robert Duffy, the town's planning and community developmentdirector tells GlobeSt.com that the developers will be seeking acomprehensive permit for the project under the state'saffordable-housing law. The permit enables projects with a 25%affordable housing component to bypass local zoning law in townsand cities that don't have 10% affordable housing. Brookline isnearing 8%, says Duffy.

Duffy points out that while the board of selectmen was generallysupportive of the plan, there are a number of issues it wantslooked at such as density and retaining open space.

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