Commissioners are still trying to find a buyer for the facility.
By VIRGINIA ROSS
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Lawrence County commissioners are finalizing plans to auction off Hill View Manor next month.
Commissioners this week said they are preparing to proceed with the auction set for 9 a.m. Sept. 24 if a sales agreement for the former county nursing home is not reached by the end of this month.
Realtor Darryl Audia told commissioners several parties have expressed an interest in buying the property, but none have made an offer for the three-story building, its contents, or the 35 acres at the Shenango Township site.
Commissioners may accept or reject any bids at the auction. Audia suggested they determine minimum bids they would find acceptable. Commissioners plan to meet with Audia within the next week to iron out the final auction details.
The home closed early last year after residency there continually declined. Commissioners then agreed to put the property on the market. They entered into a contract with Audia in February to market the site.
Audia said he has advertised the property in several publications distributed throughout western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. The commissioners secured appraisals of the property within the past year. They said those values have remained private to attract a more competitive price for the building and land.
If the property does not sell at the auction, Audia will continue marketing it until his contract with the county expires later this year. A list of all items to be sold is available by visiting the Audia Real Estate Web site of at www.audiarealestate.com.