19 November 2019 – The Spanish Catholic Church has sold the Fundación Santísima Virgen y San Celedonio senior citizens’ residence to the University of Nebrija for 37 million euros. The home, located on Calle Padre Damián 22, just a five-minute walk from the Santiago Bernabéu stadium in Madrid. Residents were informed of the sale last March but have yet to learn any further details. Nineteen nuns, 163 senior citizens and 29 workers currently live at the site, and all of them have been told that they must leave the premises on November 8, 2021. The sale is the Archbishopric of Madrid’s second in less than a year.
Sources at the foundation noted that the sale of the 18,512-m2 facility was approved by 90% of the elderly residents’ families, but those same families have yet to receive any additional information about where they will go. The foundation and the archdiocese say that they are looking into developing a large residential complex, possibly in El Cañaveral (Vicálvaro).
However, the archdiocese has yet to buy any land or commission any projects for the complex. Furthermore, there are only two years until the residents must leave.
The sale, which was concluded in November of last year, was for 37 million euros, to be paid in four instalments. The University of Nebrija plans to convert the site into a student residence and possibly a new college.
Original Story: El País – Manuel Viejo
Photo: Kike Para
Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner