The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) plans to sell its Beacon Hill properties and relocate to Boston’s Innovation District, representatives from the religious organization announced.
On March 14, the UUA’s board of trustees authorized the purchase of a building at 24 Farnsworth St. and subsequent sale of four buildings on the Hill.
Among the properties slated for sale is 25 Beacon St., located immediately adjacent to the Massachusetts State House. The historic building has served as the Unitarian headquarters since its construction in the 1920s, as well as the headquarters of the UUA since its formation in 1961, following the consolidation of the American Unitarian Association and Universalist Church of America.
The UUA also plans to sell its office building at 41 Mount Vernon St. that serves as the present headquarters of Beacon Press, along with properties at 6 and 7 Mount Vernon Place.
Tim Brennan, UUA treasurer and chief financial officer, spearheaded a two-year search for a new headquarters that began with a strategic analysis of the current facilities.
“After considerable research and analysis, we came to the conclusion that our current facilities on Beacon Hill were ill-suited to a contemporary, forward-looking organization and remaining in these buildings would have required millions of dollars in renovations over the next few years,” Brennan stated in a press release.The UUA will occupy three floors of a six-story building in the Fort Point section of the Innovation District and execute a lease with an option to purchase on Jan. 1, 2015.