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Notre Dame Cristo Rey to move into PMA

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur to purchase 5 buildings on 5 acres


by Breanna Edelstein, Eagle Tribune


otre Dame Cristo Rey High School, currently in Lawrence, will move into a portion of the historic Searles Estate after Presentation of Mary Academy graduates its last class in June, according to a joint statement from both organizations.


Proceedings have begun for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur to purchase the school portion of the estate, which consists of five buildings on five acres of land, from the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary.


The public learned in October that financial troubles and declining enrollment made it impossible for the sisters to continue running their namesake Catholic high school after 60 years.


According to the statement, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur approached the Sisters of Presentation of Mary after hearing about the school closure.


With a signed purchase and sales agreement between the two groups, proceedings will begin soon for the 120-day inspection process of the five buildings to be purchased.


Those involved with the deal said they were unable to comment on the property’s selling price yet.


The city is working with the Sisters of Presentation of Mary and their real estate representatives to review proposed plans to subdivide the remaining 19 acres of the Searles Estate, a statement from Mayor Neil Perry’s office explains.


The remaining property consists of former housing for the sisters, a health care facility, administrative offices and a cemetery for the sisters.



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