Convent on Holme Avenue will become apartment building

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.