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BROOKLINE, MA-The town’s board of selectmen has approved a plan to turn the two-acre parcel that housed the former St. Aidan’s Church into a 74-unit affordable and market-rate housing project.

The town’s project review committee has been working with the Planning Office for Urban Affairs, a non profit development corporation appointed by the Archdiocese of Boston to develop the property, to come up with a plan for the site. The project involves adapting the interior of the church to allow it to be converted into nine market-rate units. Seven additional market rate units will be built in two to three story townhouses while 58 affordable units will be built in a separate building.

Robert Duffy, the town’s planning and community development director tells GlobeSt.com that the developers will be seeking a comprehensive permit for the project under the state’s affordable-housing law. The permit enables projects with a 25% affordable housing component to bypass local zoning law in towns and cities that don’t have 10% affordable housing. Brookline is nearing 8%, says Duffy.

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

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