By ROB HERBST
The Catholic Week
MOBILE — The sale of Cathedral Place Apartments in downtown Mobile was completed April 24.
Memphis, Tenn.-based Alco Properties, Inc. had been in negotiations to buy the property from Catholic Housing of Mobile, Inc., a nonprofit corporation of the Archdiocese of Mobile. Cathedral Place Apartments at 351 Conti St. and across the street from the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is a 13-story high rise which offers independent-living low-income housing to elderly and disabled people. Alco Properties specializes in apartments for low-income elderly. Cathedral Place Apartments will continue to serve low income elderly as it currently does.
Weekly Bible study and other faith-based programs are expected to continue at Cathedral Place Apartments.
Q and A about Cathedral Place Apartments
What is the history of Cathedral Place Apartments?
In the 1970s, Bishop John L. May sought an apartment complex for elderly on a limited income. A nonprofit corporation was formed for FHA financing – Catholic Housing of Mobile, Inc. With more than $4 million assistance from the U.S. Department of Urban Development, Cathedral Place was blessed and dedicated by Bishop May on Nov. 21, 1975, following the Christ the King celebration.
Who has staffed Cathedral Place Apartments?
In 1975, the Daughters of Charity appointed Sister Clare Charest, D.C., and Sister Mary Quinn, D.C., to supervise the social, cultural and recreational programs. For many years, the Daughters of Charity staffed Cathedral Place Apartments. In recent years, it was necessary to hire a management firm to manage the property.
How many residents are in Cathedral Place Apartments?
There are 186 residents and about 27 of them are Catholic.
Who is eligible to live at Cathedral Place Apartments?
Cathedral Place Apartments is a federal program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Applicants must be 62 years old or handicapped and meet minimum requirements for independent living. Rent is based on income and limits are set by HUD.
Why was Cathedral Place Apartments sold?
Cathedral Place Apartments no longer met the spiritual mission of which it was founded on.
Where will funds of the sale go?
The proceeds from the sale will be used to pay off the debt on the Apartments and remaining funds will be used to improve Camp Cullen in Baldwin County as a retreat center for youths.