Friday, April 16, 2021

KJ group buys closed Catholic school for $2.5M and reopens it as Hasidic school 

A Kiryas Joel school group paid $2.5 million last month for a Catholic school on Route 32 that the New York Archdiocese shuttered last year in a spate of school closures.

The 22,000-square-foot building used to be St. Joseph School and was later renamed Divine Mercy. The merged parish that owned the school and 28-acre property – St. Joseph in New Windsor and St. Thomas of Canterbury in Cornwall-on-Hudson – listed them for sale for $2 million in October and sold it for 25% higher on March 24.

The buyer was Yeshiva Ketana Satmar KJ, which listed a Kiryas Joel condominium as its address in the sale records. That religious group had incorporated itself on Jan. 21, listing three Kiryas Joel men as its officers and saying its purposes included operating an Orthodox Jewish house of worship and buying and selling property, according to the incorporation record.


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