ITHACA N.Y.(WENY)-- It was announced this week that the Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Service will officially be purchasing the old immaculate Conception school  which was closed at the end of 2017 due to lack of enrollment and other causes. Officials say that this has been a year in the works for them and they are honored to have the privilege of working on this project. 

"When this site came up, this was a  real unique opportunity for us to really re-imagine a parcel of land that has really been etched in the memories of so many people in this area when they look back on their formative years so we're very excited in playing a small role in what this could be," Says Johanna Anderson, Executive Director of INHS

The biggest concern to INHS is the direction the community would like this project to go in, as the land is historical to Ithaca. 

"Not everything is set in stone because we really want to hear from the community on what they are looking for, and we are hoping to engage community organizations and other non-profits to see if they might be interested in using some of the space that is available," says Anderson

The INHS has been apart of the community since 1976 and is ecstatic to continue to play a major role in their community. 

"We are just thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to play a role in the affordable housing in the Ithaca and the surrounding region here and to have a site is as beautiful and as historic as this is really truly special to us and we're just honored," says Anderson

Once an Environmental site assessment is completed, the project will be able to move forward and hopefully get started this year.