A vacant Catholic school in North Buffalo could be headed towards a residential future. Iskalo Development is interested in purchasing the vacant St. Margaret’s school and convent for conversion into 30 rental apartments. The St. Margaret’s campus is located on the south side of Hertel Avenue between Saranac and N. Park avenues in the heart of the commercial district.
Charlie Fashana at Hello Hertel has the details:
Iskalo Development Corp., a proven developer that focuses on redevelopment and revitalization of established neighborhoods, has made an offer to buy the property, keep the buildings standing, and convert them into 30 high-end apartments, along with adding 42 parking spaces for the tenants.
The parish council shared full details of the proposal, included the financial considerations of the church, and offered a number of very personal and sentimental opinions – all in full support. It was clear that this situation was not taken lightly. It was also clear that they realized this opportunity could be a Godsend (pun intended).
However, despite being presented what I saw as a no-brainer, there was a wary, almost reluctant sentiment displayed by the 60+ people in attendance. A barrage of questions (and gripes) followed the presentation. Understandably, people that attended the school and have come to know it only as a school over the past half century didn’t want to just say goodbye without a bit of a debate. But I think deep down everyone knew it was the right thing to do.
St. Margaret’s School closed in June 2012 due to declining enrollment.
Further east on Hertel, the Holy Angels Academy property will be auctioned on August 24 by Cash Realty & Auctions. The 60,000 sq.ft. school building contains twenty classrooms, an auditorium, library, and new gymnasium. It sits on 5.37 acres with 390’ of frontage along Hertel Avenue.