Jon Chorlian calls himself a high-end condos guinea pig. The Concord developer has signed a purchase-and-sales agreement to buy Sacred Heart Church on Pleasant Street, and he plans to turn the 1930s building into residential condominiums.
“To me, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Chorlian said. “If I didn’t go for it, I would have kicked myself for the rest of my life.” And now, his potential buyers of these high-end condos will have to weigh the same quandary. With a price tag of $300,000 to $400,000 each, the condos will test the demand for high-end living – and a downtown address within walking distance of Concord’s revamped Main Street. If successful, Sacred Heart could be a model for future projects, the developer said. “Would a project like that make sense five years ago? I don’t know,” Chorlian said. “Downtown is a lot different than five years ago.” Chorlian outlined his plan for the historic Catholic church in an interview with the Monitor last week. Sacred Heart will become 10 residential condos – three single-story units and seven two-story units. They will all have three bedrooms, and will range between 1,750 and 2,000 square feet.
“There’s a social aspect of it, a mini community,” Chorlian said. “We try to build these high-end condos units in a way that provides privacy to everybody, but the reality is we all live under one roof.”