Closed Pennsylvania Prison Sold, Could See Development

Officials have finalized the sale of a state prison in central Pennsylvania.

The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reports that 328 acres of the former State Correctional Institute at Cresson was sold to businessman Carl Weaver. A spokesman for the Department of General Services says the property sold for $600,000.

Ninety-three acres of the prison property were transferred to the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority last year. The county agency's executive director, Larry Custer, say developers will be more interested in the property now because the state isn't involved anymore. Custer adds that the site is served by public water and sewer lines.

An energy firm was in talks with the Redevelopment Authority to build an electric generation plant on the agency's portion of the site before pulling out of the deal in January.

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