Norris Square Civic Association is a community group with many titles: affordable housing developers, community development corporation, and neighborhood organizers around issues of affordability, and safety. NSCA bought the st. Bonifice campus – a church, school, rectory, and convent– from the Archdiocese in 2007, a year after the parish merged with Visitation B.V.M.
NSCA plans to create a mixed-use community hub at St. Boniface. The former school will remain an alternative high school, the rectory will be NSCA's offices and a computer lab, and the assembly building will become a community center and small-business incubator. The most contentious aspect has been the demolition of St. Boniface Church and convent, reduced to rubble making way for the development of 15 limited-equity housing co-ops. Last month Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez introduced legislation to rezone the blocks surrounding Norris Square to preclude multi-family housing development. The change could make it harder for NSCA to build limited-equity co-op housing at St. Boniface.