Angel Guardian Home poised for its next act
A new school, assisted living, affordable housing and more
The storied Angel Guardian Home in Dyker Heights will soon house a new school, an assisted living facility, affordable housing and, the developer hopes, a secondcoming of the senior center that shuttered inside the facility last spring.
The approximately 140,000-square-foot, blocklong property located at 6301 12th Ave. was sold for $37 million to development firm Barone Management at the end of 2017 by the Sisters of Mercy — longtime owners of the old orphanage whose “mercy” was oft-questioned in the wake of the hush-hush sale, which became final in August 2018.
The turnover sparked community concern and a rash of rallies aimed at putting pressure on the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to preserve the property, as well as on its buyer (whose identity remained a mystery per confidentiality agreements for almost half a year post-purchase) to consider the neighborhood’s needs in his plans.
“The confidentiality clauses prevented us from saying anything, and that caused a lot of groundswell in the community,” firm head Scott Barone said Monday. By the time he convinced the sellers to lift the clause, he had already been made aware of two major needs — senior housing and a school.