Strake Jesuit Reacquires 7.55 Acres of Land Lost in 1971
Strake Jesuit has reacquired 7.55 acres of land that was lost in the school’s bankruptcy in 1971.
The school has reacquired the property at 6500 South Gessner, which is immediately adjacent to the school’s Gessner driveway.
Cambridge Court apartments are currently located on the property. School officials said they will honor the leases that the tenants currently have, but will convert the space back to school use as early as possible.
“This purchase is a historic moment for the school and we have acted on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with the confidence that alumni and friends will provide us with the financial resources for this purchase and for the conversion of the property back to school use,” said school president Fr. Daniel Lahart, SJ. “In my tenure at Strake Jesuit alumni constantly inquire about the school buying back the property we lost in 1971.”
The property is just a portion of the land that was lost in 1971, but school officials say it is the most useful to Strake Jesuit at this time. The land was part of Jesuit’s original property when it opened in 1961.
Strake Jesuit plans to use the property for additional school parking along with additional field space for athletic and extra-curricular programs.
The acquisition of the property also allows the school to re-examine where it will construct its new Science and Engineering Building on the campus without a net loss of parking or green space.
“Ever since Fr. Michael Alchediak, SJ, who was then the school’s president, mobilized parents and friends to help repurchase the current campus after the bankruptcy, it has always been our dream to reacquire property,” Lahart said. “This purchase, which certainly has sentimental value to generations of alumni, will also have an immediate impact on the quality of student life as soon as it is converted to school use.”