A series of questioned land transactions
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St. Leonard's Community Center
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St. Leonard's Community Center
44 Prince St., North End
Sale price: $6.1 million
Sale date: Purchase and sales agreement signed August 2003.
Buyer: 44 Prince Street, LLC, and Byron Gilchrest of Charlestown
Circumstances: The deal, the largest the archdiocese has made in recent years, has drawn the ire of neighborhood leaders who wanted affordable housing built on the site. Gilchrest is planning to build 57 units of luxury housing on the site, but has pledged to set aside six for affordable housing as well as pay for the construction of six other affordable units elsewhere in the city. John E. McGrath, the archdiocese's broker in the sale, is friendly with one of Gilchrest's two minority partners in the deal.
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