Former Pennsylvania Prison Sold to Developers for $1

Former Pittsburgh prison sold to developers for $1

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The former State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh prison sits on 22 acres of land along the Ohio River, down the street from the Esplenade, another big development project. It has been sold to the Manchester Craftmans Guild and Bidwell Training Center, which are nonprofits that provide adult career training.

Company representatives said this project was in the beginning stages of planning and the sales agreement allows them to study the property.

Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Darlene Harris said many people who live in the area have been asking her questions about the property that she is unable to answer. She said she found out about the sales agreement Friday night.

Harris said there were no community hearings about the sale, which is concerning to her.

State representatives who represent the area also did not know any details about the sale, according to Harris.

The Pennsylvania Department of General Services provided the following statement:

“Whenever the commonwealth looks to sell surplus property, we always make an effort to find a buyer who has the best interests of the local community in mind. In the case of SCI Pittsburgh, we are pleased to have found a community partner with the reputation and track record that Manchester Bidwell has in Pittsburgh. The company has a signed agreement of sale that will be finalized pending the presentation and approval of legislation authorizing the sale. Based on environmental studies conducted on the property, it is in the commonwealth’s best interest to convey the property for $1. In the meantime, Manchester Bidwell is conducting additional studies on the property as it develops a plan for the facility’s use to further the company’s efforts to improve the quality of life in the Pittsburgh Area. We look forward to working with Manchester Bidwell and all of our stakeholders as the process of bringing this facility back into operation takes place.”

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