State to be paid $505,505 for Mayview

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The state will get $505,505 for the Mayview State Hospital property, and state Sen. John Pippy, R-Moon, has introduced legislation that would earmark the proceeds for the care of its former patients.

State officials on May 24 signed an agreement with Aloe Brothers LLC of Mount Washington, which is proposing to reuse the 170-acre hospital property as a "high-amenity regional business park."

The Aloe proposal says the company would retain most of the property's roads and some of the buildings and create park space and walking trails to link the campus to amenities in South Fayette and Upper St. Clair.

The agreement will be reviewed at a meeting of the Mayview Land Reuse Task Force at 7 p.m. today in the Upper St. Clair Recreation Center in Boyce Mayview Park.

The disposal of the property has been an issue since the state announced in 2008 that it would close the hospital, which housed and treated those with mental illnesses.

Mental health care advocates insisted the proceeds should benefit those the hospital had served, and many believed the property -- flat land on Chartiers Creek on the South Fayette-Upper St. Clair border -- should be worth millions of dollars.

The hospital closed at the end of 2008 and the state ordered an appraisal and started seeking proposals.

The appraisal, by Federal Appraisal and Consulting, P.C., identified the land's value as $7.8 million. But it listed the buildings -- most of which contain large amounts of asbestos-based materials -- as essentially a $13 million liability, leaving a negative appraised value of $5.2 million.

The state received one other proposal, from Teodori Enterprises of Lawrence, Washington County. Teodori offered $130,000, proposing a business/industrial park on the main part of the property and housing on a 22-acre area atop a hill west of Mayview Road.

That land, which South Fayette would like to acquire and add to Fairview Park, is listed as recreational space in the Aloe Brothers plan.

Aloe Brothers, owned by David and Mark Aloe, is best known for coal exploration. Mark Aloe is also an executive for Pacesetter Corp., a Cranberry-based architectural firm.

Mr. Pippy last month introduced Senate Bill 1339, which would place the net proceeds of the sale into a "mental health and retardation services account."

The state Department of Public Welfare, which ran Mayview and handles mental health services, would handle the account, using half of it for mental health care and half for retardation care, both in the area served by Mayview.

The fact that the bill specifies "net proceeds" means that the state Department of General Services, which has been maintaining the facility since it closed, would be able to recover its costs.

Copies of the appraisal, the proposals and SB 1339 have all been posted on the task force website, www.mayviewlandreusetaskforce.com.


Brian David: bdavid@post-gazette.com or 412-722-0086.


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