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County Health Services Center Could be Sold by Year's End

County commissioners told reporters on Thursday they're entertaining several offers on the former Sacred Heart Hospital building now serving as the county's human services center.

Montgomery County commissioners revealed they're coming closer to selling off the Human Services Center (HSC) at 1430 DeKalb Street in Norristown. Commissioner Chariman Josh Shapiro told reporters the county is currently entertaining offers from several bidders, though he would not reveal how many bids have been made or who the bidders are.

The county issued $55 million in bonds on Wednesday, $10 million less than they were authorized to issue, citing possible income from an HSC sale as reason to borrow less.

Though officials wouldn't comment on a possible post-sale use of the building which once housed Sacred Heart Hospital, Shapiro did speculate that a deal could be closed by the end of the year.

"There are sufficient people interested to allow us to negotiate," said Shapiro. "Some real competition."

What would you like to see in place of the Human Services Center? Tell us in the comments.

Nick Graff April 04, 2013 at 05:13 PM
A wawa!
MzPaula April 04, 2013 at 05:19 PM
What difference what we say. they are not listening to the residents about the Pennrose Projects. Norristown residents don't want it there. We don't want it at all, but why not put it here rather than right in the heart of town!
Gail April 04, 2013 at 06:13 PM
How about another apartment complex incase the one at DeKalb and Airy doesn't fly I mean its not like we don't have enough. I see group homes or a homeless shelter.
MzPaula April 04, 2013 at 06:58 PM
We have enough group homes and homeless shelters now! you must not live in Norristown or care about it either!
Marilyn Lockman April 04, 2013 at 09:22 PM
A good market,like Save A lot,Wawa CJ Price all we have R thrift shops or mexican. stores
local icecream and water ice eater April 04, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Why ask? The quesiton is an insult. The developers will propose what they want, which is their right and the politicians will give in and shower them with extra incentives as a sweetener. In Norristown, besides helping to pay for a project, they like to offer the developers a public street. Yo! Mr. Developer...How's about we give ya Dekalb Street...
LongTimeObserver April 05, 2013 at 12:44 PM
"If" they sell it the new owner will need to pay the mortgage so I doubt they'll want the county offices gone, they need the rental income. Plus, with the latest idea to use space more efficiently I doubt there is enough room on both sides of Airy and Swede Sts. to accomodate everyone. Hope the new owner wants to keep the employees that operate the building or they will be another casualty of the zero based budget.
Tri Success April 05, 2013 at 11:43 PM
The question posed was 'What would you like to see in place of the Human Services Center?" ... Most of the comments are not addressing the question that was asked. I would like to see a continuation of the businesses and organizations in the building. These entities continue to bring needed revenue into Norristown.
Tri Success April 05, 2013 at 11:44 PM
A WaWa is on its way!
Tri Success April 05, 2013 at 11:47 PM
The difference is what needs to be addressed are the pros and the cons. Whats needed in Norristown is progressive change ... change that will redevelop a dying economy and create new partnerships. One partnership is with community that addresses the questions posed with pros and cons. Only a few Norristown residents dont want the Pennrose develop and many of those folk have limited thinking on the future of Norristown.
Tri Success April 05, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Gail I guess you either have experience in redevelopment or a crystal ball. How do you know that a new taxable housing development wont fly?
Tri Success April 05, 2013 at 11:48 PM
I agree MzPaula TOO MANY!
Tri Success April 05, 2013 at 11:50 PM
No Norristown doesnt just have Thrift Shops and Mexican stores. But I do like your addressing the question; a new market and a great quality convenience store would work. I dont believe at that location though.
Tri Success April 05, 2013 at 11:51 PM
The reason the question "What would you like to see in place of the Human Services Center?" is asked is for your input. Developers see what they see and will propose solutions that are revenue generating. What's your solution???
Tri Success April 05, 2013 at 11:52 PM
I agree
The optimist April 07, 2013 at 06:29 AM
supermarket= a bigger 7-11 to rob. how about a charter school ? no that would make way too much sense.
amisstree April 07, 2013 at 07:00 AM
If this building can't survive being operated by the bureaucrats who run this poop-hole of a town,what makes anyone think anything will survive here? This former hospital, nursing home, and county facility will be vacant along w/ Montgomery Hospital, until these idiots decide to transform them into low income housing so more illegals flock here w/ the promise of a "better free life".

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