Pennsylvania is in the market to sell two prisons, a 40-building complex on 450-plus acres in Cambria County and 32 buildings on 120 acres in Westmoreland County, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The two older state correctional institutions, SCI Cresson and SCI Greensbur, which both officially closed June 30 — are now among a group of 37 surplus state properties listed for sale.
Also for sale: a dozen armories, a state hospital, a youth development center, and numerous residential units, according to the Pennsylvania Department of General Services. A fair market value for the prisons — and thus acceptable amounts for bids — must still be determined through an appraisal, said a spokesman for General Services. He said the state planned “an aggressive approach to selling these properties in order to get them back on the tax rolls for the local economies.” Carrying costs are about $2 million per year for SCI Cresson and $100,000 per year for SCI Greensburg. Local officials had complained vigorously about the closings.