Cardinal Stritch Drops Offer for Cousin's Center

By Marge Pitrof
April 29, 2009

Cardinal Stritch University is dropping its plans to purchase the Cousinís Center in St. Francis, from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. University spokeswoman Joanne Williams says the economic turmoil rocking the country is forcing Cardinal Stritch to take a more conservative approach to expanding. The school had hoped to build a new campus at the Cousinís Center.

ďAll sides are disappointed, we had a great vision and itís sad when a vision has to come to an end. But sometimes you have to take a hard-nosed look at what you have to work with and say, canít do it right now,Ē Williams says.

Williams says Cardinal Stritch will continue converting a building at its Fox Point location into a new dorm and will soon begin offering classes at a facility in the old Pabst Brewery complex.

The Milwaukee Archdiocese says it will continue marketing the Cousinís Center property, because the church needs money to pay off debt related to priest sexual abuse cases.


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