Monona passes another hurdle for purchase of friary

The Monona City Council unanimously approved borrowing $8.5 million to buy the 10-acre San Damiano Friary property along 1,000 feet of Lake Monona, according to a Wisconsin State Journal report. Although the city will issue bonds for the purchase, donations are expected to decrease the impact on Monona taxpayers. The city plans to complete the purchase on June 1 and open up the private green space to the public. The 1888 Frank Allis House is located on the wooded lot, which is one of the last largely undeveloped properties on Lake Monona. Saint Norbert Abbey, which has owned the parcel for decades, agreed to sell the property to the city for $8.6 million.  

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