DeSales High School

The former DeSales High School on Pulteney Street in Geneva is on the market.

GENEVA — For over 100 years, there has been a building at 90 Pulteney St. that housed DeSales High School.

The current building, opened in 1962, has been vacant since 2012 when the Catholic school closed after 100 years of operation.

It remains owned by the local Our Lady of Peace parish, and many people may not realize this, but it also is for sale.

Finger Lakes Community College rented it from the parish for four years while the new Geneva campus was built across the street, where Geneva High School once stood.

FLCC made numerous updates to the school to accommodate modern classroom technology, but when the FLCC campus was finished, the college moved out, leaving the building vacant again but with $180,000 worth of those computer infrastructure upgrades.

The DeSales gym is used for physical education classes and CYO basketball games by St. Francis-St. Stephen School students across the street to the north.

“We sent out 127 descriptions of the school to possible buyers and got back seven responses,” said the Rev. Tom Mull, parish priest and a 1967 DeSales graduate.

“We followed up and found none were interested in buying it. It’s available, but we haven’t listed it with a Realtor or put a sign out front because we want control over its use as being in the best interests of the parish and the neighborhood,” Mull said.

He noted that Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Geneva General Hospital were among those contacted but had no interest in the school building.

“We need to keep the gym, so if anyone buys it, we’ll be interested in keeping access to the gym through a lease or other arrangement,” Mull said, adding that the gym also is used by the city of Geneva for its annual Halloween party.

“We also need the parking lot on the south side for parking for church events,” Mull said.

Any group wishing to use the school classrooms must have its own insurance. If interested in using the school, the contact person is parish business manager Rebecca Hollon. Contact her at (315) 789-0930, ext. 112 or visit her office at 130 Exchange St.

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