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Residence for nuns in Williamsville to be sold, converted to senior housing

A Buffalo-based property management and development company plans to convert a residence for nuns in Williamsville to senior housing.

Tzetzo Cos. has an agreement with the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities to buy the St. Mary of the Angels regional house at 201 Reist St., according to the religious order.

Tzetzo has agreed to the sisters' condition that the 63 nuns now living in the house be allowed to stay. Once the company makes renovations, Tzetzo will seek permission to operate the house as an assisted living facility open to lay residents.

The sale is expected to close in November. The price was not disclosed. The congregation moved to Reist Street from the St. Mary of the Angels Motherhouse on Mill Street in 1999. The former motherhouse is senior housing now and the surrounding land is Amherst State Park.

The order has 361 nuns and is downsizing its properties as its members age. It already sold its properties in Hastings-on-Hudson and Syracuse and the sale of its Pittsburgh property is pending.

The order also closed the Infant of Prague Shrine, at 6380 Main St. in Williamsville, last month and has agreed to sell the shrine and the surrounding half-acre property to Village Park Associates.

Infant of Prague Shrine closing in Williamsville

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