2012 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Real Property Disposition Plan Passed, Adds Four Properties for Sale

Oct 23, 2012, 16:18 ET from Pennsylvania Department of General Services

Commonwealth continues to push forward with sale of Embreeville Center

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four state properties will now be up for sale through the recent approval of the 2012 Real Property Disposition Plan, General Services Secretary Sheri Phillips announced today.

"Just like with the Embreeville Center, we are excited to move forward with our plan to generate revenue for the commonwealth by removing these four properties from the state inventory and getting them onto local tax rolls where they can help revitalize our economy," Phillips said. "We thank the General Assembly for realizing the benefits of selling these properties and supporting our efforts to do so."

The department's Bureau of Real Estate will now move forward with appraisals, land surveys, environmental reports and prep activities to bring the properties to market. Under normal circumstances, the properties should begin to go out for public bid in the Spring of 2013. 

The four properties approved for sale under the plan are: Allentown State Hospital in the City of Allentown, Lehigh County; Weaversville Secure Treatment Facility in East Allen Township, Northampton County; Fort LeBoeuf Museum in the Borough of Waterford, Erie County; and a parcel on the DGS Annex (formerly Harrisburg State Hospital) in Susquehanna Township and the City of Harrisburg, Dauphin County.

The 2012 Real Property Disposition Plan can be viewed online at www.dgs.state.pa.us. Click on "See Real Estate Opportunities" under the "How Do I?" section and click on the link to the plan.

Phillips also commented on the department's progress in selling the Embreeville Center in Chester County, saying that the Embreeville property, located at 1818 Strasburg Road, went out for public bid on July 27 and will be available for bid until Dec. 19.

The property contains about 225 acres of land and numerous buildings and is situated about 35 miles West of Philadelphia. Nearly 175-acres of the property is vacant land and could present some very attractive development opportunities.

"We are very pleased with how the bid process is progressing," Phillips said. "We've had a number of showings and with the property's proximity to residential developments, good schools, West Chester University and numerous dining and shopping venues, a good level of interest has been shown in this property. We want that interest to continue and translate into a mutually beneficial sale for the commonwealth and successful bidder."

The Invitation to Bid for the Embreeville Center Property can be viewed online at www.emarketplace.state.pa.us by selecting "Solicitations" and typing "94457" for the solicitation number, or by calling the Bureau of Real Estate at 717-772-8842.

Media contact: Troy Thompson, 717-787-3197

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of General Services