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Unitarian Universalists moving from Beacon Hill

The Unitarian Universalist Association is selling its buildings on Beacon Hill and moving its national headquarters to Boston’s Innovation District.

The organization’s board has authorized the purchase of 24 Farnsworth St., a six-story building in the Innovation District where it plans to build offices with a bookstore and chapel. The group plans to move to the property next January.

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“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,” Tim Brennan, treasurer and chief financial officer, said in a statement.

The group will lease three floors of 24 Farnsworth over the next couple years and has an option to purchase it in 2015. The current owner is the Davis Cos., which acquired the building last year.

The Unitarian Universalist Association will sell four buildings on Beacon Hill, including 25 Beacon St., across from the State House. It will also sell buildings at 41 Mount Vernon St., currently the headquarters of Beacon Press, and 6 and 7 Mount Vernon Place.

The 25 Beacon St. building has served as the Unitarian headquarters since its construction in 1925-1927 and as the headquarters for the association since its formation in 1961 with the consolidation of the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church of America.

Casey Ross can be reached at cross@globe.com.
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