Tuesday, May 02, 2006

How Much Is That White Elephant In the Window?

Notre Dame in talks for Maida Temple, i.e. the JPII Center in Washington:
A University of Notre Dame spokesman confirmed to the Free Press Monday that the South Bend, Ind., university “was asked about the role we might play in the center’s future.” A spokesman for the John Paul II Cultural Center also confirmed Monday that negotiations were ongoing that could give the nation’s premier Catholic institution of higher learning a much bigger profile in the nation’s capital.

“We’re analyzing the situation on our end,” Dennis Brown, Notre Dame’s assistant vice president for news and information, said Monday....

“We are negotatiating with Notre Dame, but he can’t say anything more,” John Paul II Cultural Center spokeswoman Sandy Peeler said.

The center is currently being underwritten with $40 million from Catholics in metro Detroit through the archdiocese, which loaned $17 million to the center to cover operating deficits and has guaranteed a $23 million mortgage on the center, which opened in 2001.
Seems it's South Bend or bust.