CSAT leases Holy Angels Academy

April 29, 2014 Updated Apr 29, 2014 at 9:29 AM EDT

By James Fink, Buffalo Business Firs

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CSAT leases Holy Angels Academy

April 29, 2014 Updated Apr 29, 2014 at 9:29 AM EDT

Holy Angels Academy, which closed its North Buffalo school last year, is coming back to life as an educational institution.

The Charter School for Applied Technologies has agreed to lease Holy Angels as the site for its middle school. The deal serves as a prelude for what is anticipated as a major expansion of the school's student base.

"We're thrilled to partner with CSAT at this property," said James Dentinger, president of McGuire Development Co.

Holy Angels is being redeveloped under a joint venture between McGuire and Ellicott Development Co.

The deal was formally announced after the New York State Department of Education approved the school's expansion.

Charter School of Applied Technologies offers classes from kindergarten through the 12th grade. At the start of the 2014-2015 school year, it will be welcoming 264 new students from a 1,000 student waiting list. The school plans on adding 690 students during the next six years.

The 75,000-square-foot former Holy Angels has more than 30 classrooms, a library, auditorium, gym and on-site parking.

"The building is impeccable, it suits the needs of our students and our programs and allows for future growth," said J. Efrain Martinez, Charter School of Appiled Technology superintendent. "We eagerly anticipate bringing the school back to the surrounding North Buffalo community after a year of absence and look forward to developing a fruitful relationship with the neighborhood that benefits everyone."

Dentinger said the facility will be ready to welcome students in August.

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