YPSILANTI, Mich. – Midwest Creative Investments has purchased a former Catholic church campus as a site to expand its charter school operation, according to a report in Michigan Business Review.

Midwest is the parent company of Victory Academy, a charter public school that currently enrolls 125 students in a K-5 program. The firm has purchased the 25,000-square-foot Transfiguration Catholic Church property for $1.2 million, the Business Review reported.

Midwest is owned by Mohamad Issa, who also is owner of Issa Properties, an Ann Arbor-based property management company, the report said. The church was owned by the Catholic Diocese of Lansing.

Issa told the Business Review that he had the site in mind for some time. The church sits on a 10-acre site near Willow Run High School and already has a playground, he said.

Issa said he is expecting increased enrollment at Victory and will cap student numbers at 250, according to the Business Review.

Michigan Business Review, “Dan Meisler: Charter school buys former church in Ypsilanti,” April 29, 2009

Michigan Education Digest, “Enrollment down, charters and choice up,” Sept. 29, 2008