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Residents Sound off on Plan to Sell Academy of Holy Angels Front Lawn

Updated: 07/22/2014 10:23 PM
Created: 07/22/2014 9:13 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

Controversy continues to surround a money-making plan for the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield.

The private school wants to sell the east portion of its lawn, and developers are willing to pay nearly $6 million for it. The money would go to fund endowment, financial aid, debt reduction, infrastructure improvements and staff support, according to school officials.

On Tuesday night, those developers met with the city council to discuss their plans, if the sale goes through.

While the city isn't making any concrete decisions yet, those for and against the plan were there to remind them of their concerns.

"If you have another thing that puts $6 million in our pocket and ensures 30 or 40 years of our school, I’ve been on the board for a year, we've been waiting for that,” said John Adams, who supports the sale.

Meanwhile, some are skeptical of the plan.

“We will be stuck with all the traffic and all the congestion all the trucks and garbage haulers coming in and out of our residential area, and we'll be stuck with another strip mall,” said Jane Koenig, who opposes the sale.

Ideas for development include a Walgreens and other small retail stores.

Photo: KSTP/File

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