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For sale: Holy Land


The iconic Holy Land site in Waterbury is up for sale.

Holy Land, located above Interstate 84 on Slocum Street, has been listed for $775,000 and includes nine bedrooms, five bathrooms in a single-story unit.

The 17.7-acre area was once a theme park in the 1960s and '70s and attracted more than 40,000 people a year.

"It was a place to visit, to pray, people who were ill, people who needed God to attend their healing. It would be a place to go and find peace and quiet," said Ron Guerrera of Waterbury.

Waterbury attorney John Greco created the attraction in the early '50s. When he got sick in the early '70s, the nuns caring for him took it over. In 1984, it petered out and turned into a decaying site, falling victim to numerous vandals.

In 2010, Holy Land was once again thrust into the spotlight when 16-year-old Chloe Ottman was raped and killed at the site by her 19-year-old friend, Francisco Cruz. He was later convicted.

"It was very disheartening to see it happen," Guerrera said.

It is unknown why Holy Land, which is owned by a group of nuns, was put up for sale.

The listing markets the location as close to highways. But the people who know its history are concerned developers are going to go in an entirely different direction.

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