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Seminary completes land sale to Fire Protection District

January 11, 2018

St. Patrick’s Seminary & University announced Dec. 19 completion of the $6.6 million sale of a 1-acre land parcel to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. The sale allows the fire protection district to expand training facilities and its hub fire station, the seminary said in a statement. The land is part of 83 acres donated to the archdiocese in 1891 to establish the seminary and has remained undeveloped as open space since then.

Funds from the sale will be added to St. Patrick’s endowment fund for use as seen fit to support religious and educational activities at the seminary and provide general support to the upkeep of the seminary, the statement said.

“St. Patrick’s Seminary & University is fortunate to be able to assist our neighboring fire first responders at Station One with the sale of this land,” said Jesuit Father George E. Schultze, president-rector of the seminary.

Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman said: “We are extremely grateful to the seminary for the strategic purchase of this property adjacent to our Fire Station One which directly provides essential fire and critical emergency services to areas in the town of Atherton, cities of East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and unincorporated areas of San Mateo County.”

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