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Group is pressed over Chinatown tract

Critics demand site be used for housing

Chinatown leaders say the lack of affordable housing is the neighborhood’s most pressing issue, but for nearly 30 years a key business and social services organization has sat on a prime piece of property intended for that purpose.

Now, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England is expected to sign a new lease that could tie up the property, at Herald and Washington streets, for decades more. As early as Tuesday, the association may vote on a 10-year extension, with two optional five-year extensions to follow, for the C-Mart supermarket.

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