Nonprofit seeks to build senior community at closed school

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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A nonprofit senior housing agency has plans to build a retirement community at a now-closed Catholic school in Worcester.

Goddard/Homestead, which operates independent living facilities and a rest home in the area, is seeking a special permit to operate a continuing care retirement community at the campus of St. Peter-Marian High School, The Telegram & Gazette reported Friday.

The school merged last year with Holy Name High School to become St. Paul Diocesan Junior/Senior High School.

The plan calls for the demolition of the main school building to make way for a 145-unit, over-55 continuing care retirement community.

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Worcester is still listed in the application as the owner of the 24-acre property.

According to the application, Goddard/Homestead plans to build 120 one-bedroom units and 25 two-bedroom units in a three-story, 135,000 square-foot building.

The new development will provide services including respite care, access to third-party medical care, a licensed social worker, a resident services director, local transportation, dining services and activities, according to the application.

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