Authority OKs sale of Center

The Lycoming County Housing Authority accepted a proposal Thursday for the sale of the Campbell Street property known as The Center.

Firetree Ltd., a Williamsport-based company offering detox, inpatient drug and alcohol treatment, and community re-entry centers, submitted an offer of $250,000 to buy the property, located at 600 Campbell St.

The company would not modify The Center’s facilities to offer these services, but would instead continue to operate it as “a park and community center.”

“We have no plans to offer our other treatment services at The Center,” Firetree’s president William Brown said, noting that the terms of the agreement require the property to remain a community-oriented facility.

Firetree hopes to offer a wide range of community-centered programs, including youth basketball and after-school programs, adult learning seminars, and fitness classes.

They will also rent out community rooms for meetings and banquets and sponsor various community festivals and events.

Firetree operates treatment facilities and halfways houses in six Pennsylvania locations, but Director of Administration Scott Snyder said The Center would be an extension of the company’s work with children in the communities they serve.

“This furthers the mission to provide for the youth of the community,” he said. “We want to keep kids busy.”

Brown said that the purchase also makes sense “from a neighborhood perspective,” as the property is virtually next-door to the Park Home, where Firetree’s corporate headquarters are located.

The Center and adjacent Flanigan Park are owned by the authority. In 2012, the authority decided to sell the property, citing financial concerns, and asked the Campbell Street Family, Youth and Community Association to relocate.

The building has been vacant since 2013.