Buying property is more difficult for newer arrivals. [Jeffrey Sanchez] and Gerena worry that the exploding housing prices have put the neighborhood out of new immigrants' reach, and will eventually change the character of Centre Street between Hyde and Jackson Squares. Both have been involved in discussions over what to do with the Centre Street building that housed Blessed Sacrament church, recently shuttered by the archdiocese. Residents would like to see it converted to affordable housing. Others, including some Latino residents, say the neighborhood has more than enough of it.
The couple will still live in the neighborhood. [Gutierrez] will continue to sing and play the "vihuela," a five-string guitar, with his mariachi band. Already, he has regular gigs at Mexican restaurants in Hingham and Melrose. His mariachi band quit playing at Tacos El Charro at the start of the year, [Aida Navarro] said, to save money on the entertainment license and musicians' fees. The building, which they bought for $150,000 at the end of 1992, is listed for $599,000. The restaurant will stay open for at least a few months after an offer is accepted.