Tender Sale for Sacred Heart Land - Sept 2003

The subdividable land at Wanganui’s former Sacred Heart College is to be sold by tender, and negotiations with parties who would like to lease the built area are ongoing. The 2.3ha site in the heart of St John’s Hill is owned by the 44 Sisters of St Joseph, their lawyer Richard Moore said. The site included classrooms, a hostel, and administration block and sports grounds of the former Catholic girls’ secondary school. The closure of the school was expensive and selling about half of the property – the land with no buildings on it – would help reimburse some of these expenses.

The areas to be sold were approximately 1ha of former sportsgrounds bounding Brassey Rd and .2ha sloping area opposite Alexa Place on the Oakland Ave corner. Tenders open today and finish on October 14. Mr Moore said having the money from the sale of empty land would enable the sisters to keep the bulk of the buildings and lease them out. A number of people had looked at the chapel building, with a view to converting it into a house. Those who investigated found that if its use changed they would be up for expensive building work.

Negotiations were currently underway with a group which had a use for the chapel that the sisters viewed as compatible. Mr Moore said he could not reveal the name of the group.

The former school’s Villa Maria Hostel was still being used to house about 45 boarding students of Cullinane College. This was to continue. The remaining classrooms and administration block were to be leased. Two groups were n the early stages of negotiations for them. One of the groups was involved with tertiary education, a use the sisters considered ideal. “I can’t disclose who we have had negotiations with,” Mr Moore said.

The school site was bought by the sisters in 1912, and vacated by Sacred Heart pupils at the end of last year. It was briefly used by secondary students of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Tupoho earlier this year.

Wanganui Chronicle 15/9/03

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