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Good Counsel Property In White Plains Sold

Good Counsel Academy students protested the pending sale of their school.
Good Counsel Academy students protested the pending sale of their school. Photo Credit: Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A former Catholic school in White Plains, owned for more than 100 years by the Sisters of the Divine Compassion, has been sold to a developer, the order announced Wednesday on its website.

The 16-acre Good Counsel property includes 12 buildings and a chapel, the order said.

According to a report in The Examiner News, the property at 52 N. Broadway was sold to WP Development NB LLC. The purchase price was not disclosed, according to the newspaper.

Under the agreement, the church will be preserved and the sisters will still use the chapel and continue to maintain congregational leadership and operational offices in the building next door, the sisters' press release said.

Citing the aging of its population, the sisters said the site was sold to raise funds for their continued mission, as well as their living and health-care expenses.

Of the Order’s current 80 members, the 20 sisters living on the White Plains campus have relocated to other residences in the archdiocese, including homes owned by the Order as well as to the Sacred Heart Convent in Yonkers.

The decision to sell was “very sad and emotional,” said Sister Carol Wagner, president of the Order.

“We have been blessed with the Good Counsel campus site for 125 years, and necessity of putting the property on the market, has posed painful and difficult challenges,” she said, adding that the sisters “deeply appreciate the support and understanding that we have received from so many people as we worked our way through the sale process.”

The sisters work as teachers, administrators, health-care professionals and pastoral care ministers in Westchester, Orange, and Dutchess counties, and in the Bronx.

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