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Agent: McDevitt property in Hbg. drawing interest

By - Last modified: September 8, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Even though the new Bishop McDevitt High School in Lower Paxton Township won't be ready until the middle of the 2012-13 school year, there already is preliminary interest in redeveloping the school's current eight-acre campus in Harrisburg.

The 81-year-old high school at 2200 Market St. is listed for $2.1 million. Tom Posavec, the listing agent and vice president of East Pennsboro Township-based Landmark Commercial Realty, said he has shown the 127,000-square-foot property on several occasions.

The school is zoned residential single family. It would be an ideal location for an assisted-living senior facility or for reuse as apartments or condominiums, Posavec said. It is situated near the Bellevue Park community.

He also has fielded some inquiries about it being a charter school site, he said, or it could potentially be a small university center or satellite campus. An office use is another possibility, he said.

"The property is priced right to enable a potential buyer to make some improvements," Posavec said.

Bishop McDevitt is building a $45 million school on Spring Creek Road. The new campus will feature a 175,000-square-foot academic facility with a 1,200-seat auditorium, a 120-seat chapel, a 1,000-seat gym, a library and a performing arts center. In addition, there will be an athletics complex, including a football stadium and an arena for wrestling, basketball and other sporting events.

The sale of the current high school and tuition from increased student enrollment in the private school are expected to help pay off project loans, school officials have said. A capital campaign has raised at least $14 million for the new campus.

Jason Scott

Jason Scott

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