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College Heights building heirs seek more information about how Penn State will use facility

A cyclist passes the College Heights school building along North Atherton Street, in State College, July 15, 2014.
A cyclist passes the College Heights school building along North Atherton Street, in State College, July 15, 2014. CDT photo

Penn State is a school, but it’s not the one Adam and Rebecca Krumrine chose when they gifted land that would one day house the College Heights School building, their heirs wrote in a recent court filing.

The heirs are suing State College Area School District, demanding the land back because the former school building is being sold to Penn State. They argue that the original agreement with the district states that land is to be used for school purposes and, if it’s not, it must be returned.

Attorneys for the school district countered last month that the language in the contract, dating back more than 80 years, is “legally insufficient and should be dismissed.”

But even if it were valid, the district argued, Penn state is a school and would meet the requirement.

In the latest court filing in the case, the heirs argued that they don’t have enough information about how the building would be used and demanded proof at trial, according to documents filed in Centre County Court.

The heirs are C. William Garner, Helen Garbrick and Michael, George and Edward Homan.

Penn State intends to use the property for University Press offices. The purchase price is $400,000.

The building stopped being used as an elementary school about 40 years ago and, since then, the district has most recently used it for printing and office space.

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