Veterans profit from building sale - The Boston Globe
Just after World War II, the City of Boston sold the Mary L. Brock School, a historic building on Chestnut Hill Avenue, to the American Legion Post in Brighton for $500. Last year, the Post sold the building for $1 million and the veterans of the post kept the money, approximately $20,000 each. The new building owner plans to convert it to a center for Muslims that will host daily prayer sessions, lectures, and other activities.
Criticism has emerged on two fronts, from those who say the veterans should not keep the money and from residents who have raised concerns about the center.
Bill Haas, cochairman of the Chestnut Hill Task Force, said residents are worried about density along Chestnut Hill Avenue. A resident's petition asking the BRA to conduct a traffic study reflects concern about all of the development, not just the proposed center, Haas said.''Whatever religion is there, if there is a lot of activity there, that brings density into the area," he said. ''It's not right to say as a community that Jews can do it and Catholics can do it and Muslims can't."
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