JS: Milwaukee's St. Rita Church to be torn down, replaced with senior housing development, new worship space

An east side Milwaukee church would be demolished and replaced with a new building that would provide senior housing, as well as worship space, under terms of a new proposal.

St. Rita Catholic Church, 1601 N. Cass St., would be purchased by developer James Tarantino, according to a $20 million proposal announced Monday.

Tarantino, who operates Tarantino & Co. and Capri Senior Communities, plans to develop St. Rita's Square, a six-story building that would feature 103 apartments for older people, according to a statement from the firm.
The development also would provide a new church, to be connected by a walkway to the apartment building. Three Holy Women Parish, which includes St. Rita, would buy the church for $1, according to the statement.

The new St. Rita church "will blend that church’s rich history with that of its predecessor, the Blessed Virgin of Pompeii, which served as the religious, social and cultural center of Milwaukee’s Italian-American community until it was demolished to make way for freeway construction in 1967," according to the statement.
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That's a pretty interesting idea, to do some kind of combo building project and then put a chapel in.

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