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Old Marian Catholic High School May Be Sold to Residential Developer

The school was closed in June 2007 after being open for nearly 50 years.

Marian Catholic High School, once home to the Crusaders, may be sold to a residential developer, said Diocese of San Diego Chancellor Rodrigo Valdivia.

"The Diocese of San Diego is currently under negotiation for the prospective sale of the former Marain High property to a residential developer," Valdivia said in an email. "At this point we are not at liberty to discuss the details of the negotiations."

Between Thermal Avenue and 18th Street off Coronado Avenue, the 50-acre property is a few blocks outside Imperial Beach.

The private school first opened in August 1960 and shut its doors in June 2007, said Mater Dei High School principal George Milke. In its absence, Mater Dei Catholic High School opened in Chula Vista two months later.

Proceeds of the property sale will go to an endowment to assist students at Mater Dei, Valdivia said.

Stay tuned to Imperial Beach Patch for more details as they emerge.

christine howell September 24, 2011 at 01:38 PM
I thought the purport was donated to serve youth only by Mr. Egger? But really at this point I don't care, please do something with it because it looks like hell! This has been my neighborhood for years, and just driving by it makes me feel like ghetto! You picked up and ran to your beautiful new school and just turned your back, and now will profit, which is fine, but do something because it's degrading to my neighborhood!
Mike G September 24, 2011 at 02:37 PM
If you think it's ghetto looking now, just wait until they put up a few hundred high-density, low income housing units on it. If you want a preview just drive to the farthest southeast corner of I.B. Between 13th and 15th and between and between I.B. Blvd and Iris Ave. I'm sure you'll enjoy our 'diverse' population and immaculately maintained properties.
christine howell September 24, 2011 at 03:12 PM
Didn't say that, I said do something, I don't think boarded up buildings being tagged, broken concrete, weeds and dry grass galore, a shell of a softball field, is something to glorify, I am sure the rats love it, Just clean it up, do something. I never said that I supported housing development, so assuming I did was incorrect, but just letting it sit there is not flattering to the neighborhood.
Mike G September 24, 2011 at 03:55 PM
Christine I wasn't trying to bust your chops and the last sentence of my post was meant to be sarcastic in nature. I don't blame you for not wanting housing, especially high-density housing constructed on that site, but I can't imagine it being used for any other purpose. The Catholic church has their dollar signs in their eyes just thinking of what they'll profit from the sale of this property. Just about any new development requires that some portion of it be "affordable" read as low-income housing. Even if they go the condo route, they will be snapped up by investors that never intend to live in them and will essentially be glorified apartments and don't think some of them won't be on the section 8 market. I'm just sayin'. Hope I didn't offend you.
christine howell September 24, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Mike, yea you are right, that is why they can't disclose that information right now, but do you remember about 5 years ago when they wanted to build all those homes down here at the strawberry fields, community really spoke up! Didn't happen, so when the community forums start I will be there. I just think that the owners of the property after 47 years here have not treated our neighborhood nicely! So let's see what these chaps propose!:) Christine
Mike September 24, 2011 at 06:18 PM
Those homes weren't going to be in the strawberry fields, there are no strawberry fields. It was the last remaining portion of the Eggers property, after donating the Church property, the school property and the park property. But the community he helped build turned on the family and woulndn't let them sell.
Mike G September 24, 2011 at 11:31 PM
Psst, just a heads up. You know the green 2 story at the corner of !9th (Saturn) & Tremaine), pretty much the last house on 19th street? Yep, that's the house I grew up in. And I remember well when the talk was to build low-income housing on that little mesa just north of the old berry fields. They already had the survey stakes in place. I don't know what shut that project off, but I'll bet it was more an ecological/environmental issue than public outcry. Not to mention some sort of safety right of way for the helo base. I dooubt the Marion property will be afforded the same protection. Mike
Mike G September 24, 2011 at 11:34 PM
FYI, there are apparently two different "Mikes" on this board. I'll change mine to "Mike1964" just for the purpose of clarification.
Mike G September 24, 2011 at 11:37 PM
At one time, and not too long past, they were strawberry fields. They rotated between berries and alfalfa and think sometimes corn and lettuce as well. I spent half my childhood playing in them, so I think I would know. Mike1964
christine howell September 25, 2011 at 12:04 AM
Yes Mike, I do know where, l live close by off Saturn, Hermes, and I did go to the forums when they were discussing the new home projects, ohhhh, people were not happy, and rumor had it that the representatives they sent to head it off got threatened etc, Which I would never condone.
paulfisher38 September 25, 2011 at 06:37 AM
If I refinance now I’m not sure I can afford a 15-year mortgage. Isn’t the payment a lot more? but glad I found the "123 Refi" and I was able to refi

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