Shenango Township is not selling the former Youth Development Center. The state of Pennsylvania is doing that.
Supervisor Frank Augustine said Wednesday morning that township officials are receiving responses to news that a high bid of $400,000 was submitted to the state by Hira Educational Services of North America. Its website at www.hiraguidance.org describes Hira as a consulting firm based in Newark, New Jersey, with the mission to "promote the on-going success of Islamic schools" by "providing high quality, low cost professional consulting to Islamic schools throughout the United States."
Supervisors also are aware that two lower bids of of $305,000 and $300,000 were submitted, according to Al Burick III, who added that he is not sure what the state process is for reviewing and accepting bids, but said that he does not believe any decision has yet been made.
Burick said this is the first time the YDC has received any bids on the property though it has been for sale for some time. The initial asking price of $4 million has dropped to $300,000.
The former YDC is located on Frew Mill Road in Shenango Township, but is owned by the state. The supervisors have been closely watching the sale process, hoping to have the complex purchased by a private company, which would return it to the township tax roles. The facility has been vacant since 2013. The complex has 13 buildings, including a school, on 145 acres.
Hira's website states that the organization has provided more than 50 Islamic institutions and organizations throughout the U.S. with counsel on planning, board development, capital campaigns, recruitment searches, teacher training, curriculum development and executive coaching.