Developer is making plans to convert a large, crumbling old church in Jamaica Plain into apartments and performance space

Pennrose, the company currently transforming a former college in Hyde Park into New England’s first LGBTQ-centric seniors’ apartment building, has announced that it will soon file detailed plans to transform the former church. Blessed Sacrament on Center Street in Jamaica Plain into a new moderate-income housing complex with performance and community space.

In a letter of intent filed with the BPDA, Pennrose says its plans will include 55 apartments in both the old church building and two new buildings at the rear. Also on the program: A 6,475 square foot performance hall.

Pennrose, who has been selected by the Hyde Square Task Force to do something about the church before it completely collapses, says 60% of the flats will be for people earning no more than 60% of the income Boston-area median, with some of those limited to people earning no more than 30% of that level. The remaining units will be available to people earning between 80% and 120% of the region’s median income, the company says.

Of the units, 14 will be studios, 22 will have one bedroom each and 19 will have two bedrooms each.

Pennrose adds that she will only use electric systems for heating and cooking.

The Boston Archdiocese closed the church in 2002.

Documents and calendar from 361 Center Street.

Martha J. Finley