State willing to bargain on Harrisburg State Hospital parcel
The state hasn't yet advertised 8 acres of the Harrisburg State Hospital grounds, but it would certainly be willing to talk to potential buyers of the property, which sits at Cameron Street and Arsenal Boulevard, across from the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center.
The state Department of General Services, which manages properties and facilities, is preparing the state hospital property for sale, but it hasn’t been a priority with so many larger tracts of land the state is trying to off-load, department spokesman Troy Thompson said.
For example, it costs the state about $4 million to maintain the soon-to-close Greensburg and Cresson state prison facilities, he said.
Those facilities in Westmoreland and Cambria counties, respectively, no longer house prisoners and will close June 30, according to the Department of Corrections.
The Cameron Street property, which includes three houses, ball fields and other open space, is inexpensive to maintain, but the state wants to sell it, Thompson said. Commercial uses would be a possibility for the property, he said.
State departments use the rest of the state hospital grounds for storage and other functions.
DGS began reviewing plans last year to sell multiple state properties, estimating it could save nearly $4 million annually and gain more than $9 million from the sales.