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Congregation Of The Resurrection May Sell Part Of Its Riverfront Property Once DePaul College Prep Moves

The religious order that owns the land would likely hold on to part of the property.

DePaul College Prep High School campus at 3633 N. California Ave.
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NORTH CENTER — Once DePaul College Prep High School moves to its new Roscoe Village campus in 2020, its former home may be put on the market.

DePaul College Prep High School currently rents its location at 3633 N. California Ave. from the Congregation of the Resurrection religious order. On Thursday, the school announced it bought a campus at 3300 N. Campbell Ave. from Adtalem Global Education, which was formerly known as the DeVry Education Group

By August 2020 the school plans to complete its move to that campus, leaving an opportunity for the existing campus.

“The southernmost part of the [existing] property includes the residences for the Resurrectionist priests, the provincial offices and the chapel,” said the Rev. Gene Szarek, provincial superior for the congregation. “We’re hoping to retain those indefinitely.”

The land north of those buildings could eventually be put on the market, however.

“But no timeline is set right now, no plans are established,” he said. 

The Catholic high school was formerly known as Gordon Tech College Prep, named after the Rev. Francis Gordon, a Resurrectionist priest who was active in Chicago’s Polish community. He died in 1928.

In 2014, the school’s board of directors voted to change the name to DePaul College Prep, rebranding the North Side high school to address declining enrollment and highlight its partnership with DePaul University.

On the river just next to the property the congregation owns is the highly-anticipated Riverview Bridge, which soars 18 feet above the river. It’s expected to be completed sometime in the fall. 

The $13 million Riverview Bridge segment of the project is being funded through state, federal and local funds and will let runners, bicyclists and pedestrians move between the paths in Clark Park, 3400 N. Rockwell St., to the south and California Park, 3843 N. California Ave., to the north.

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