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Diocese, developer reach deal for Pastoral Center

The Madison Catholic Diocese has agreed to vacate and lease the Bishop O’Connor Catholic Pastoral Center (the former Holy Name Seminary) on Madison’s far west side. Developer Gary Gorman will lease the 232,000-sq.-ft. property for 60 years and spend between $30 million and $40 million renovating it into 100 to 150 apartments. The center’s chapel would be preserved. After 60 years, the building would revert to diocesan control. The deal will save the diocese about $500,000 per year in operation costs. If approved, construction could begin late next year.

The diocese will need to find a new location for its 100 administrative workers, Bishop Robert Morlino, and the priests who reside at the complex.

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