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Cardinal Newman High School, 4701 Forest Drive: December 2015 (moved)   3 comments

Posted at 12:40 am in closing

Well, this has been talked about, and dreaded, for ages, but Cardinal Newman High School has finally left Forest Acres for Alpine Road. The kids went home from this campus for Christmas vacation, and "returned" to the new one. I know that Brueggers, Groucho's and other area restaurants will miss the afternoon influx of the diverse, chatty but very polite mass of students, as will I, and evenings will be somewhat less interesting without the muted roar from the football field. And then, of course, there's the question of "What Next?" The property is apparently already under contract, and to be re-zoned, and it's hard to imagine that whatever replaces the school will be an improvement in the eyes of local residents.

Update 17 January 2017: Demolition on the site has started:

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UPDATE 5 February 2017 -- Demolition continues. The old Convent is almost gone:

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Narnia

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The Convent

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24 January 2016
5 March 2017
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Written by ted on January 26th, 2016

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  1. It will be a miracle if the new school doesn't sink into the swamp it's built on. And, guess what kids, you don't have ANYWHERE to go to eat off campus. Unless you want to go the the ratty ass convenience store across the street!!

    Homer

    26 Jan 16 at 1:18 am

  2. It's a tradeoff...while they don't have the Forest Drive businesses such as the ones Ted mentioned within walking distance, they'll have upgraded facilities (both academic and athletic). Who knows though...though it's possible this could result in a buildup of sorts along Alpine Road across the street (only time will tell)...

    Several I've spoken with feel that it won't be a probelm for Cardinal Newman to unload this property and I look forward to seeing what becomes of it...personally I think I'd like to see it become a Kohl's as I envision Rosewood/Forest Acres getting one (though the way I understand it, Kohl's has a metric of when the customer base of a store gets to 2 million per a certain metric and if Sparkleberry Square's Kohl's gets to those numbers then chances are Rosewood/Forest Acres would likely get a Kohl's)...perhaps even Camden or Sumter will wind up with one eventually...

    Andrew

    26 Jan 16 at 2:24 pm

  3. I went to school there in the 90's where the graduating class was under 40 students, so it is hard to imagine they grew so rapidly requiring more space.
    The last news I saw indicates the school,will turn into some number of apartments between 200 and 300 total along with parking spaces and a retail space, but for what retail shop, I do not know.

    Mrs. M

    29 May 16 at 12:32 am

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