The Pollard Group’s plans to landmark the former Sacred Heart Church turned skating rink at 554 Fillmore Street, in a perhaps counter intuitive move to facilitate its redevelopment into a mix of 9,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space and 33 residential units, a move which nearly backfired, have been abandoned.
That being said, the church has since been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a designation which raises the bar for – but doesn’t preclude – the building’s redevelopment. And with that in mind, refined plans for the redevelopment of the church have been drawn.
The refined plans still call for inserting five new floors across the northern portion of the church’s nave and attic. But rather than including any commercial space, the conversion would now yield five (5) market rate dwelling units, including a roughly 6,000-square-foot penthouse unit spanning the redeveloped church’s entire top floor, along with 36 market rate “group housing units” (with shared kitchens, living areas and amenities but private bathrooms) and a basement garage for 15 cars and 60 bikes (the entrance to which would be on Fell).
As the building wasn’t landmarked, the refined plans for the project will not require a Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) review or a Certificate of Appropriateness to proceed.
And in fact, a Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration (PMND) has just been issued for the project. which is a good thing if you’re the developer, reducing the environmental hurdles for the redevelopment to proceed. And building permits for the estimated $8 million conversion have now been requested and triaged. We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.