Senate Approves Bill to Transfer Philipsburg Property to Economic Development Group


HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Senate voted unanimously today to transfer a parcel of land that formerly housed the Philipsburg Hospital to the Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership, according to Senator Jake Corman (R-34), who sponsored the legislation.

Corman said that passage of Senate Bill 1232 will pave the way for economic development and job creation in Centre County by taking a vacant property and returning it to the tax rolls.  The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

“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,” Corman 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.”

Senate Bill 1232 authorizes the Department of General Services to grant and convey approximately 18 acres of land formerly housing the Philipsburg State General Hospital and located in Rush Township, Centre County, to the Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership, Inc. for $150,000.

Philipsburg Area Hospital closed in April 2006 and the complex was torn down in 2014, leaving land Corman says would be ideal for business development.

“Bringing in new companies will mean jobs for area residents,” Corman said.  “This is a great opportunity to recycle and develop an unused resource and turn it into a community asset.”

CONTACT: Jenn Kocher (717) 787-1377