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Posted at 1:11 PM ET, 10/18/2010

Two bids for former Pr. Geo.'s sanatorium

By Washington Post editors

Two companies are interested in purchasing Glenn Dale Hospital, the former tuberculosis sanatorium in Prince George’s County, according to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

Alvin McNeal, the acting deputy director for administration and development for the Department of Parks and Recreation, which oversees the property, said the commission received the sealed bids on Oct. 15. “We are thoroughly excited,” he said. “We are hoping the development that is proposed will raise taxes for the county and benefit and support the community.”

The commission, which owns the 210-acre site, made a national appeal in June to sell 60 acres that make up the hospital campus. The bids were originally due on Sept. 14. The deadline was extended to Oct. 15 after six potential bidders had questions that needed to be answered.

McNeal said the commission has 14 days to open and evaluate the bids. The bids that are acceptable would become public after the review, he said.

The property is being sold “as is” to the highest bidder. State law requires that the hospital campus is used as a continuing care retirement community and the remaining 150 acres are dedicated for parks and recreation.

The facility, which the county lists as a historic site, opened in 1934 as a sanatorium for children with tuberculosis. By 1960, the hospital was used for District residents with chronic illnesses. It was shut down in the early 1980s, and the commission bought the property from the District in 1995.

-- Ovetta Wiggins

By Washington Post editors  | October 18, 2010; 1:11 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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Who are the bidders and what are the plans they are proposing for the site?

Posted by: 10bestfan | October 18, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

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