Monday, July 13, 2015

WisSJ: De Pere Norbertines tight-lipped about plans for Lake Monona property

A Catholic religious order that owns a large tract of undeveloped land on Lake Monona has fallen silent about the parcel’s future.

The historic property in Monona, known as San Damiano, is owned by the Norbertines of Saint Norbert Abbey in De Pere. In January, Norbertine officials said they were having the property assessed for possible sale.

That was six months ago. Abbot Gary Neville, who leads the community of priests, did not respond to repeated calls and emails seeking an update on the property’s status. Communications coordinator Katrina Marshall said she could not comment.

The possibility of a sale has drawn intense interest in Monona. The nearly 10-acre site, 4123 Monona Drive, is one of the largest remaining privately owned undeveloped parcels on the lake.

Some residents want to see the land remain in its pristine state. Others hope it is sold to a for-profit entity so that the land becomes taxable. (It currently is tax-exempt.)
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  1. A very interesting trend. Here in the Belleville IL diocese, we have a Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows owned and run by the OMI priests. They are set to develop vast amounts of land they own. The city annexed it as well, presumably so it can be taxed.


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