Message to the Community: Purchase of The Jewish Home

News Story: April 29, 2014

Dear faculty, staff and students,

I am pleased to share that we have reached an agreement with Jewish Senior Services, also known as The Jewish Home, to purchase its current property next door on Jefferson Street for $16.5 million. The sale will take place after Jewish Senior Services’ relocation to Park Avenue in Bridgeport is completed in 2016. The purchase will add 15.6 acres of adjacent land to our main campus.

While we are a long way from taking ownership of the property, we are excited about beginning long-term planning for this land. This property is surrounded on all three sides by Sacred Heart’s main campus and it will, in time, add immeasurably to the facilities we will be able to offer future students.  Among other possibilities, I hope that it will provide a solution to our current shortage of on-campus housing.

Sacred Heart University’s main campus has been adjacent to The Jewish Home since 1963. It is exciting, during our 50th anniversary year, to announce what will be the single largest addition to the University’s main campus in its history. When complete, the purchase of 15.6 acres from Jewish Senior Services will increase our current footprint of 77 acres by 20 percent.  And, since 2007, including all of our recent land purchases, we will have nearly doubled the University’s original 56 acres. 

This is another purchase that will remain an asset on our books and will allow us to continue our growth—in support of our strategic goal to “build new facilities and upgrade existing infrastructure to be more competitive.” As you know, we are currently constructing a new academic building on the corner of Jefferson Street and Park Avenue, scheduled to open in 2015, that will house the John F. Welch College of Business and Department of Communication & Media Studies. Plans are also under way to build a Student Success Center across the street on Park Avenue. This is an exciting time at SHU as we make acquisitions that will enhance our campus and help to ensure our success well into the future.

John J. Petillo, Ph.D.