After a three-year legal battle, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de Ricci have regained control of the historic Elkins Estate in Cheltenham.
In 2009, the sisters sold the 42-acre Gilded Age estate to the Land Conservancy of Elkins Park. But the conservancy almost immediately defaulted on its payments, the sisters said. They reclaimed the deed in November 2010, on the day the conservancy declared bankruptcy.
For the last year, the estate has been in limbo - the sisters owned it, but the conservancy could not be evicted because of the bankruptcy protections.
Under a settlement approved Thursday in Montgomery County Court, the sisters immediately took over the utilities and other costs for the estate, and the conservancy has until noon Wednesday to vacate.