Vacant DeSales eyed for apartment development

The former DeSales High School, an iconic Catholic school in the heart of the city for 100 years, may be converted to apartments.

The school, at 90 Pulteney St., is owned by Our Lady of Peace Parish and has been for sale since Finger Lakes Community College moved out and into its new Geneva center campus across the street in 2014.

City Council’s Nov. 1 agenda includes a resolution to set a public hearing for Dec. 6 on the proposed conversion of the school to multi-family housing units for submission for Round 5 of the New York State Restore New York Communities Initiative Municipal Grant Program.

City Manager Matt Horn said the developer is a Rochester firm that is still negotiating the purchase of the school so it can submit the housing project to the city for a Restore New York grant application.

The 38,000-square-foot school opened in 1912 and closed for financial and enrollment reasons in July 2012.

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