State Senate approves sale of former Philipsburg hospital property

The state Senate unanimously approved a bill Tuesday to transfer the the property that once housed the Philipsburg Area Hospital to a local economic development group.

About 15 acres in Rush Township will be picked up by the Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership for $150,000.

“This is a win for this area, because it will take an empty field that is essentially not being utilized at this point and use it to promote economic development efforts,” Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Benner Township, said. “In these tough economic times we need to do all we can to promote business growth and development and encourage companies to locate in Pennsylvania.”

The legislation now goes to the state House.

PAH leased the property, the former home of the Philipsburg State General Hospital, from the the Department of General Services for years before it closed.

DGS footed the bill to have the buildings, including the hospital and its nursing school, torn down after attempts to sell the property with the buildings intact were unsuccessful.