Marylawn of the Oranges Academy, 445 Scotland Road, closed in 2013 after operating as a private Catholic school for girls. The property is owned by the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth and includes the school building and the Graves mansion, built in 1900.
The property is no longer being used for a religious school, so the trustees believe it should lose its tax-exempt status. The property owners, the Sisters of Charity may be more motivated to sell the property once it is subject to property taxes.
Seton Hall University made an offer in March on the property but the proposal was withdrawn for a number of reasons. After discovering that the property would not be purchased for use by another tax-exempt party, village officials put collecting property taxes on the table.
On one hand, the sisters are seeking a non-conforming use such as a developer who could build fairly large multi-unit building(s). On the other, the Montrose Historical Society is hoping a developer will update and ‘save’ the historical property. The town is in the middle and is hoping for a developer who could fit 5 to 7 single family buildings on the property that would be a conforming use (not require re-zoning). For more details see the alternative press link. For more background see my previous post from 2013.