Center building for sale

The Lycoming County Housing Authority Board voted at its regular monthly meeting Thursday to sell the former site of the Campbell Street Community Center.

In November, it was announced that tenants of the property at 600 Campbell St. were being evicted following a federal investigation of unauthorized spending by the Housing Authority to support The Center.

The facility served as an activities and recreation center for a number of years.

Deed restrictions prevent the property from being used for anything other than those purposes.

“We are accepting proposals to purchase the property,” said Housing Authority Executive Director MeriLyn Severson.

The deadline for proposals is Feb. 28.

Severson said she anticipates receiving offers from community organizations interested in purchasing both the building and Flanagan Park, which is adjacent to the facility and included on the deed.

The Center has since moved its operations to Trinity Episcopal Church, 844 W. Fourth St., while the United Churches Food Bank, which also had operated out of the Campbell Street site, has moved to the former Mater Dolorosa Church on Hepburn Street.

Center officials hope to find a more permanent home.

In other action, the board approved the second year of the authority’s five-year contract with CAPPA.

Severson said the costs for 2013 will be $35,000, a fee based on child participation and attendance.

She said the contract must be renewed each year.

In a personnel move, the board re-appointed George Girio as vice chairman.