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St. Mary’s open doors on new condos in Marlborough


Old photos of St. Mary’s Church line the walls of the newly refurbished former rectory that now houses five condominiums.

Yesterday, city officials and the public got to tour the former rectory, where two of the five units have already been sold.

The condominiums complete the first of three development phases at the former church, school and rectory on Broad Street. Phase two, which has not begun, is the construction of 10 condominiums in the former church that was built in 1891.

Phase three is construction of 11 townhouses on property behind the church.

Phase one consisted of the development of 10 condominiums in the former school and five condominiums in the former rectory. The school conversion was completed last August, and all 10 condos there have been sold and are occupied.

In converting the rectory, built in the 1920s, the original doors, moldings and hardwood floors were preserved, said Alex Yarov, co-owner and construction supervisor at St. Mary’s at Differential Redevelopment. Some of the original ceiling beams were also preserved.

Margaret Bailey, who recently moved into her three-bedroom, two-bath condo in January, said she loves living at St. Mary’s.

“I love to cook, so I upgraded the appliances,” Bailey said of her kitchen, which has granite countertops and Shaker-style cabinets.

Bailey’s condo is at the front of the old rectory, giving her access to a balcony. The first floor has a living area, full bath, kitchen and a dining area that opens onto the balcony.

Upstairs, Bailey has three bedrooms, one with a walk-in closet, and a full bath.

The Archdiocese of Boston in 2004 closed St. Mary’s Church and St. Ann’s Church, both located in the city’s French Hill area. St. Ann’s was also sold for condo conversion.

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