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Town Meeting Votes In Favor of St. James Land Purchase

The warrant article was approved by a wide margin.

Despite a meeting with discussions that ran late into the night, Town Meeting voted in favor of purchasing the land on which St. James The Great Church sits.

Buying the property located at 900 Worcester St. from the Archdiocese of Boston will cost the town $3.8 million – some from the Community Preservation Committee and some through borrowing – and was made official with a standing vote of 183 for and 12 against. The motion needed two-thirds of the vote to carry.

Selectman Don McCauley explained that potentially 62.5 percent of the 8-acre property would be dedicated to fields, while the remaining 37.5 percent could be used for buildings.

Several officials refered to the potential purchase as a "one-time opportunity" for the town.

The town has to build a recreation center on the site. Parishioners at the closed church have held a vigil since it was closed in 2004. This group is in the process of the latest decision by the Vatican to uphold the Archdiocese of Boston's ruling to close the church.

Robert S. Cavanugh June 14, 2012 at 10:43 AM
I disagree with the chair of The Board of Selectman last night choosing the senior center on Washington Street this would be suicide on our senior citizens here is a little civic lesson for the residents of Wellesley no state including the State of Massachusetts can not promote suicide under it,s public safety laws any state that repeals any public safety laws are in violation of the Constitution of The United States under Life Liberty and pursuit of happiness I want someone to protect all senior citizens in Wellesley Mass Today I sent my resigination to the Town Clerk as Town Meeting Member in Precinct B my last day next Monday I hope we dont have to wait for a senior citizen to get killed or hurt on Washington Street Wellesley to prove I was right on the saint james the great property my soccer bill is doing very well thanks to State Rep.Alice Peisch and other members of the legislature.

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