I can see a lot of people are appreciating the nobility of EES's post. I have a different viewpoint on some of the things he mentions:
1.) it is not only up to NDA nuns to determine the highest and best use of the property. the city and its departments clearly have a legal right to define how its zoning. NDA or any buyer has a right to any use within the approved zoning.
True. Do you not think a large company like Kroger would have done some due diligence to ensure that current zoning or a zoning change would not be an issue?
I don't think your flag is planted on solid ground here. Zoning can change in an instant. Doesn't mean much and is certainly not an obstacle in most cases.
2.) i am a little dismayed that a catholic church group is talking about maximizing the value of anything.... that is not their mission statement. if they leave it should be by selling to a use that is most appropriate for the community... hell maybe even promote some kind of social justice rather than cater to commericial interests.
Umm, are you going to be footing the bill for the nuns care and housing for the next ___ years? How can "the church" NOT maximize value of its assets? You think the diocese (and higher) bureaucracy ***isn't*** constantly talking money and assets and what they can do to continue cash flow into the organization? A parish and associated Catholic charities do not get funded all through donations, "fish fry fridays", and prayers...it is through maximizing assets like any business.
Perhaps a "social justice" use was considered. We don't know. The determination was made that that was not what would help fund care for the sisters. Their decision, not yours.
At what point did "commercial interest" seeming become synonymous with (basically) "evil money-grubbing horrible special interest." The way most "commercial interests" survive is by helping people procure goods and services at a cost that they can afford in the competitive marketplace. NDA is selling to Kroger, not an abortion mill or Larry Flynt or some company that is going to inject poison into the ground and air.
Shit, all we ever hear about is how major supermarket and drug store chains won't open in some places (like the inner city) and they're called bastards (and worse) for those decisions. Here, we have a supermarket chain begging to build something, creating construction jobs, more in-store jobs/opportunities, etc., and the prevailing sentiment is "screw you, we want the forest." Damned if you do, damned if you don't I guess...
3.) the "nun's property" is really the property of all of those, all of us, who have paid tuition and made donations to the school over the decades. the nuns are the stwards of our investment in the church and our community. i understand changing demographics and a desire to go where there is a growing community, but in their wake as they leave, they have an obligation to make things as good as possible for those who remain with the understanding that those who live and lived in and around NDA high school helped to build that campus.
Seriously--the "you owe me/us" argument? The nuns owe you something at fits into your worldview because you paid tuition to the school? You are joking right.
Oh...probably not, so here goes. First, your contributions were not an "investment." They were either (a) payment for services rendered (like tuition) or (b) a donation to further the mission of the church, the school, lawn maintenance ***at that time***. They owe you squat. Unless you are somehow directly footing the bill for the long term care of the nuns, of course. Then they'll owe you.
It's the same sorry argument you hear when sports teams move from their city--"but but but I INVESTED in you and went to your games and bought your merchandise...you OWE me for my loyalty." No they don't. And the sisters aren't selling the property for a nuclear waste dump--it's a Kroger.
4.) and finally, make no mistake, this is prologue to NDA high school closing and opening a new campus eventually out in whitehouse/monclova. having both catholic girls schools within a mile of each othe doesnt serve the current demographics... it did for a short time, but no more. the city and the plan commission may as well study the entire property and have a plan in place.
Maybe. The suburbs would be an absolute goldmine for NDA. See previous comments about "maximizing assets" in the Church.
Don't agree? OK, then then whole place can fold, school, convent, the whole thing. Ride the "social justice" train down to zero bucks. The nuns can remain in an old building with tons of maintenance costs, the land can go to auction, and Kroger (or another developer) can buy it for 30 cents on the dollar of what is being offered now and put up another strip mall with 10 empty store fronts, a Subway, and a nail salon. Cause dammit, no Kroger.