The Saint James’s Episcopal Church Preservation and Redevelopment project will transform the Church property, while preserving the historic Church sanctuary. The completed project will enhance the Church’s ability to carry out its core mission of providing spiritual renewal, supporting the community, and working for global justice. The project will include:
- A LEED certified, handicapped accessible Parish House, serving the church's community ministry, directly connected to the church and garden.
- A restored church garden space, free and open to the entire community during daylight hours.
- 46 new residential units, including 5 affordable units.
- 62 underground and 2 at-grade parking spaces serving residential and church needs.
- New retail space to replace the abandoned car wash building on Mass. Ave.
The Saint James’s Episcopal Church Preservation and Redevelopment project has received approvals from the Cambridge Planning Board, the Cambridge Historical Commission, and the Mass. Historical Commission. All have lauded the project’s scale, appropriateness and contribution to the public realm, including:
- A restored church: project proceeds will be used to fund ongoing restoration and preservation of the historic Saint James’s Church building.
- A well-lit, safer, more useable church garden, inviting and available to the community from dawn to dusk.
- A functional parish house, far better suited to the church's lively congregational life and many vital ministries in the local and global community.
- A revitalized streetscape along Mass. Ave. and Beech St. Retail space will replace the existing car wash. Curb cuts will be closed to increase pedestrian safety. New sidewalks, landscaping and benches will be added along both streets.
- Much-needed affordable housing for the City of Cambridge.