DOE Eyes Historic Angel Guardian Home For District 20 As Sale Looms

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Angel Guardian Home, built in 1899. Courtesy of Angel Guardian Home's Facebook.

Angel Guardian Home, built in 1899. Courtesy of Angel Guardian Home’s Facebook.

Tenants of the Angel Guardian Home, at 6301 12th Avenue in Dyker Heights, have been given a deadline to move out — indicating that the nuns who own the historic building are seriously considering bids, the Brooklyn Daily reports.

Elected officials and community leaders have noted that the city block-sized facility would make an ideal school location for District 20, which has been scrambling to keep up with the demand for classroom seats.

It is still unclear if the Department of Education (DOE) has put an offer on the gigantic senior and foster care center, which was originally an orphanage built at the turn of the 20th century. A spokesperson for the DOE said that the city is exploring several sites in the area to ensure that the needs of the community are met.

Laurie Windsor, president of Community Education Council 20, who has been advocating for the sprawling campus to be made into a school, told Bensonhurst Bean that she is “keeping her fingers crossed.”

Angel Guardian Home's Campus. Courtesy of Angel Guardian Home's Facebook.

Angel Guardian Home’s Campus. Courtesy of Angel Guardian Home’s Facebook.

Meanwhile, current residents of the home are concerned about where they will go after it closes, and if their next home can add up to this one, according to a report by the Brooklyn Daily:

“They’re gonna sell the place — they said we have to be out by 2017,” according to a source at the Narrows Senior Center who spoke on condition of anonymity. “Seniors get nervous over anything — a couple of them are worrying ‘Where are we gonna go?’ It’s such a nice place.”

Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens runs the senior center and uses facilities there to cook more than 200 meals a day for area oldsters, and seniors fear they won’t be able to get great nosh once it moves at the end of the year, according to the tipster.

“They like our center, because we have good food there,” the source said.

We will keep you posted as this story develops.

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