South Cove Manor sells Shawmut location to Chinatown church
By Ling-Mei Wong
South Cove Manor Nursing Home will sell its Shawmut location to the Boston Chinese Evangelical Church. The decision was made at South Cove Manor’s board meeting Jan. 28.
South Cove Manor will move from 120 Shawmut Avenue to a new facility in Quincy, after efforts to find suitable expansion sites in Chinatown proved unsuccessful. It broke ground in Quincy December 2012, which is expected to be completed by 2014.
“The board of South Cove Manor is pleased with the diligent efforts of its CEO Richard Wong in negotiating a sale of the property to the Boston Chinese Evangelical Church, a move that shall promote the property’s continued use and service within the Asian community and still provide South Cove Manor a Boston base from which to serve the elderly and their families in Chinatown,” said Richard Lui, chairman of South Cove Manor’s board.
BCEC has been looking to expand its Chinatown location at 249 Harrison Avenue. The church has nearly 1,100 members and six congregations in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, with a second location in Newton. Four Sunday services in English, Cantonese and Mandarin are held at Chinatown, while two services in English and Cantonese are held at the Newton campus. Two of its Chinatown Sunday services take place at the Josiah Quincy Lower School auditorium, which is rented to the church.
“This decision is a major step toward acquiring this property for the work of the Lord,” said BCEC Pastor Steven Chin in a prepared statement. “We thank everyone who has been praying for the Lord’s provision and guidance for our church.”
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