Harrisburg school board OKs property sale - abc27 WHTM

Harrisburg school board OKs property sale

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With a unanimous vote, the Harrisburg school board took a step forward to sell 42 acres of land Tuesday night.

The property, located in the 1900 block of Wayne Avenue in Susquehanna Township, was the site of a former middle school.

The board passed a preliminary agreement to sell the vacant property. Gene Veno, the district's chief recovery officer, said Pittsburgh-based Bowen Development has expressed interest.

The area could be the new home of Capital Area Transit, currently located on North Cameron Street. The group also expressed interest in the property through the developer.

Veno said the existing agreement would sell the property for high seven figures and that it would bring nearly $1.6 million to help the cash-strapped district.

"It is not something that is going to be done overnight. It is a process. But they want to mark their interest in the property," school board president Jennifer Smallwood said.

Selling the land is apart of the district's recovery plan.

It is possible for another interested buyer to come forward. However, Smallwood said this was the first time someone has expressed interest in purchasing the land.

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