City

Watertown

Project Type

Rental

Year Completed

Proposal

Project Info

A Bit of History

1 Rosary Drive, Watertown, was built in the 1960s to serve as a convent for the Dominican Sisters of Peace. It was located next to Rosary Academy High and Middle Schools. In the 1980s the entire campus was redeveloped to build 59 townhouses, the High School was converted into 25 rental apartments for seniors (now known as St. Joseph Hall) and the High School was torn down. The convent remained. Collectively, the location became known as the Siena Village Condominium complex. Currently, the Sisters seek to sell the convent and Metro West CD seeks to purchase it and convert it to 23 units of rental apartments for seniors. Metro West CD is a non-profit community development corporation that owns St. Joseph Hall.

 

About the Proposed Units

Metro West CD is proposing to convert the 55-bedroom convent into 23 studio and one-bedroom apartments for seniors. The apartments would range in size from 390 square feet to 720 square feet. There would be several fully handicapped accessible units and all units would be fully visitable. The property also contains a lovely central courtyard and a chapel that would be available to residents for community activities such as speakers, musical guests and holiday celebrations.