Fri May 23, 2014
Officials discuss plans for Holy Angels campus
A small crowd was on hand Thursday night as developers provided specifics on plans to transform the former Holy Angels Academy into space for the growing Charter School of Applied Technologies.
Applied Technologies is already the state's largest charter school and taking over Holy Angels is part of an expansion which will eventually give the school 2100 students.
The Hertel Avenue building will house sixth through eighth grades and make use of all of the facilities, especially the outside sports fields and nearby Shoshone Park.
Councilmember Rasheed Wyatt sponsored the meeting in St. Rose of Lima community center because he wants Holy Angels in use not like the former Campus North nearby which is a neighborhood eyesore.
"It's an injustice to the community that we do that," Wyatt said.
"Because even with the other building, the residents are very upset because, again, it's blight and there's more opportunity for crime and vandalism and we don't want that to happen and we certainly didn't want it to happen with this building (Holy Angels)."
Wyatt says it's also good for the community because it brings in another quality school. He says the prime condition of the building makes it attractive.
Applied Technologies is leasing the building from McGuire Development and Ellicott Development which helped with last night's meeting.