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The New Holy Angels

Norma Boyd and Erica Shay

New Dawn has today announced its purchase of the former Holy Angels property in the Northend of Sydney. The sale, which includes the school, convent, Margeurite Bourgeoys house and 2.77 acres of land, was finalized yesterday.

While the end uses of the buildings will be confirmed through community consultations later this year, New Dawn's early vision is focused around the concept of mixed-use spaces - converting the property into a vibrant and inclusive place where the community can live, work, learn, play and converse.

This includes possibilities for a centre for the arts and creativity (including performance, meeting, community program and studio space), a centre for social innovation, co-working spaces, public, private and non-profit offices, an early childhood development centre, a café/restaurant, a local fresh grocer, private and/or post-secondary education classroom space, affordable and market housing, and a community kitchen.

Dr. Clarence Epstein, Director of Special Projects and Cultural Affairs at Concordia University, and Chris Borgal, Principal of Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd. Architects, New Dawn will take a phased approach to the redevelopment of the site.
We took a tour of the convent and school with Norma Boyd, the head of special projects with New dawn and Erica Shay, the communications director and Chair of the Holy Angels committee we, we started in the old classrooms the original ones,  in the convent part of the building.

Norma Boyd: lead for special projects at new Dawn - Holy Angels Tour audio (runs 8:56)

Erica Shay: head of the Holy Angels Project - Sanctuary Tour audio (runs 9:27)

Norma Boyd and Erica Shay - Refurbishing Older buildings audio (runs 9:27)