By William Kenny
Facing declining membership and the rising cost of repairs to their home, the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth moved out of the 60-year-old Infant Jesus Convent in June 2013.
Sixteen months later, the Holme Avenue building finally may be in line for a long-awaited facelift and some new residents. During the monthly meeting of the Holme Circle Civic Association on Sept. 24, executives from Conifer, a real estate development and management company, and from Inglis, a nonprofit organization serving the disabled, announced a plan to convert the convent into a 44-unit apartment building for older adults and the disabled.
The two firms, through their joint venture, have a “handshake agreement” with the sisters to purchase the property at 2723 Holme Ave., according to Charles M. Lewis, vice president of Conifer. The religious order subsequently confirmed its intention to transfer the property to the joint venture. The firms have not prepared specific plans for renovating the site, but assured neighbors that plans would be presented at a future meeting of the civic association.