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Old Posted Aug 30, 2007, 11:53 AM
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SA: St. Benedict Mixed-Use Update - Work Has Begun

Construction begins on St. Benedict's site

Construction started this month on the renovation of a former hospital and convent on South Alamo Street.

Three real estate developers are turning the old St. Benedict's Hospital and St. Scholastica Convent into a 99,000-square-foot mixed-use project.

Workers started widening existing windows and cutting new ones in the hospital building at South Alamo and Pereida streets earlier this month. The 66 condos should be ready by fall of 2008, said Steve Yndo, a project developer with Christopher Hill and James Lifshutz.

Prices haven't been set, but the developers expect to start marketing this fall, Yndo said.

A restaurant space is planned for the adjacent St. Scholastica Convent, which was built in 1896. The developers are in talks with operators.

The two four-story hospital buildings, which were built in 1950, have sat vacant since the Congregation of Benedictine Sisters sold them in 1985. One story will be added to each of the hospital buildings.

The development, which Sprinkle Robey Architects is designing, also will include a gym, outdoor pool and park.
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