Logan Township to sell former municipal building

Logan Township is selling its former municipal building and grounds to Roberts Four Season.

Supervisors voted Thursday night to sell the 4.41 acre site at 800 39th St. to the landscaping and retail business, which submitted the high bid of $360,101 in response to a recent advertisement. Because the amount exceeded the appraised value of $360,000, the sale will be completed within 60 days, township leaders said Thursday.

“I’m finally glad we sold the building,” supervisors Chairman Jim Patterson said.

In addition to the building and surrounding acreage, the site includes multiple garages, storage buildings, a carport and two salt sheds.

Roberts Four Season expects to expand its business on the township’s former site, according to Christopher Roberts, vice president, who attended the Feb. 7 bid opening. Three additional bidders were also interested, but their offers fell short.

Manager Tim Brown said the township started looking for a buyer in May 2009.

At that time, the township was building its current municipal complex that was designed to provide more office space and work areas for the township administrative staff and police department.

An advertisement for bids in late 2009 netted one response, for $78,000, which supervisors rejected.

The township continued to search for buyers and, at one point, indicated an interest in renting the site or a portion of the site.

Last year, the township agreed to ask the state to extend the site’s Keystone Opportunity Zone tax-break designation through Dec. 31, 2020, so the soon-to-expire designation would not chase buyers away.

After getting the state’s approval in December, supervisors followed through by again advertising the property for sale.

Patterson said the township will likely “save the [sale proceeds] toward a rainy day.”