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Gov. gets bill authorizing sale of Harrisburg State Hospital

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Legislation to authorize the sale of the Harrisburg State Hospital property is awaiting the signature of Governor Tom Corbett.

House Bill 1945 was given final legislative approval Tuesday in the state House of Representatives.

Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin), who sponsored the bill, said it costs Pennsylvania taxpayers an estimated $6.3 million a year to maintain the Harrisburg State Hospital grounds.

Pennsylvania closed the hospital in 2006.

Helm said the time has come to sell off the property to private investors and get it on the tax rolls.

Her bill authorizes the Department of General Services to conduct a comprehensive survey of lands formerly known as the Harrisburg State Hospital and Harrisburg State Hospital Farm.

Once the survey is completed, a conveyance plan will be prepared and submitted to both the House and the Senate that includes a recommended division of the property and the fair market value of each parcel.

The General Assembly will then authorize DGS to sell the property.

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