The Former Trinity Youth Services School in Ukiah has been closed since 2009, now in Escrow with The Dharma Realm Buddhist Association
Two miles east of Ukiah, in Talmage, California, is the The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas owned by the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association. This is one of the first Chinese Zin Buddhist Temples in the United States, and one of the largest Buddhist communities in the Western Hemisphere. Click link to read about the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. This historic seven-building, five acre complex that has sat vacant since 2009, is located in the center of Ukiah’s west side residential neighborhood is on the verge of getting a new lease on life from the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association.
David Rounds, who sits on the Association’s board of directors has announced that the site is now in escrow. Mr. Rounds said that the Association plans to expand the Talmage center’s university into the downtown complex, a onetime orphanage and boarding school run by Dominican nuns, and most recently, the property was used as a boarding school for troubled youth, known as the Trinity Youth Services. Mr. Rounds declined to give further details of the Buddhist Associations’s new project, saying the plans remain in flux. City officials are pleased with the news.
The downtown property the Association is buying has a rich history. It was constructed as a Dominican convent in 1883. In 1903, the nuns of the Sacred Heart convent started a day school for Catholic children. They opened an orphanage, the Albertinum, for boys in 1904. It was expanded to include girls in 1923. The Dominicans sold the property to the Greek Orthodox church, which converted it to a home for troubled youth. The current owners, Colton-based Trinity Youth Services, purchased the property in about 1984. The sprawling property includes several acres of open space, a swimming pool and nearly 75,000 square feet of building space, according to the seller’s real estate agent, Lynn McNamara. The parties did not disclose the selling price but the most recent asking price was $3.75 million, and it was originally at $5.4 million.