Friday, June 30, 2000

Catholics to buy former grocery

By Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MASON — Catholic officials are close to buying a former Thriftway store, and the property may later become the site for a new elementary school affiliated with nearby St. Susanna Church.

        Archdiocese of Cincinnati spokesman Dan Andriacco said Thursday that church officials have signed a letter of agreement to buy the 5.8-acre property at 616 Reading Road (U.S. 42) in Mason.

        The property is one block south of the archdiocese's St. Susanna Church at 305 Fourth Ave. near Reading Road, where the parish already has an elementary school.

        Archdiocese officials would not disclose the price.

        “We expect the deal to go through soon,” he said.

        St. Susanna Catholic Church officials were unavailable for comment, but Mr. Andriacco said the parish will create a steering committee, which will study the possibility of using the land to construct a new elementary school for the parish.

        A new Catholic school is needed, he said, to accommodate the parish's growing population, which mirrors Mason's fast growth.

        “This is a growing parish in a growing community,” he said. “Plans are going to be developed by the parish for that particular property.”

        Mr. Andriacco said the archdiocese always defers to parish officials when deciding whether to build a new elementary school. A high school is not being considered for the site.

        The Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. food store chain, based in Florida, bought the Thriftway chain, but the store at Reading Road was never re-opened.


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