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St. Joe’s nears sale of land, senior living development likely

Published: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 4:19 p.m. CST

WESTCHESTER – St. Joseph High School expects to sell 10.5 acres of land on the north side of its property in the next two to three weeks, said David McCreery, president of St. Joseph. 

The school is weighing offers from three finalists, McCreery said. Preliminary plans submitted to the village by several developers center on senior housing, which Village Manager Janet Matthys said is the goal for the property.

In October, Matthys said most developers were proposing a mid-rise apartment building with outlying duplexes, intended as independent senior living. The complex would likely have a shuttle service to transport residents to shopping centers and other locations, Matthys said. 

McCreery said once the school selects a developer, it will invite village residents to see the plans for the property. 

The school had been trying to sell the land, the site of a former school building, for seven years. Although it reached contracts with developers multiple times, each deal fell through. 

With the real estate market recovering in recent months, the school started to receive more interest. It hopes to end a long, frustrating selling process soon. 

“The difference in the level of interest today in this real estate market compared to before is night and day,” McCreery said this summer. “It’s been extremely gratifying to get the responses we’re getting.”

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