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State may sell 'surplus properties' across from Norristown State Hospital

The Department of General Services proposes unloading two houses across from the psychiatric facility. They haven't been used for an 'unknown' amount of time.

The state is looking to unload two "surplus properties" in Montgomery County.  The two residences used to house doctors and executives of the nearby Norristown State Hospital. But a spokeswoman said they have been vacant since 2005.

The houses at 1712 Sterigere Street and 1732 Sterigere Street are owned by the Department of Public Welfare and cost the state $10,000 a year in upkeep, according to the Department of General Services.

The Public Welfare agency determined that the buildings are "no longer necessary to conduct business at the State Hospital."

These two are among 13 properties proposed in the Commonwealth's 2013 Real Estate Disposition Plan.  If approved by the governor, attorney general and Legislature, the properties would be sold in competitive sealed bids or at public auction.

Since 2011, the state has sold 36 properties, saving $5 million in operating expenses and bringing in about $30 million in revenue, according to the state Department of General Services.