Kelly Support Facility property on the auction block

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The federal government hopes to return another section of a former Army installation in Collier to civilian status next week.

The General Services Administration has scheduled a live auction of two parcels totaling nearly 18 acres at the Charles E. Kelly Support Facility on Nike Site Road. It will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Collier municipal building.

Sal Sirabella, township manager, said the property is zoned for mixed-use development and that he hopes the buyer will redevelop it with a mix of residences, offices and businesses.

“What we’re looking for out there is kind of a town center development,” he said. As of Friday, the township had not heard from any prospective bidders.

The property, which includes the commissary that is being relocated to Moon and a former missile bunker, is adjacent to 72 acres that the federal government gave to the township for development of what is now Collier Park.

A $4 million community center on that parcel is nearly complete and is expected to open in about two months, Mr. Sirabella said. “A pretty nice area,” he said.

Some 1,200 homes, mostly newer ones, are within 1.5 miles of the properties up for auction, he said.

The Charles E. Kelly Support Facility was designated for closure in 2005 as part of the Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission. It served as an Army air defense facility with Nike and Hercules missiles deployed there from 1960 to 1974 and more than 500 military and support personnel worked there.

“GSA is actively working with federal agencies to dispose of unneeded properties,” said Angie Risch, regional director of real property utilization and disposal, in a statement announcing the auction. “The sale of these properties has the potential to help spur new development in the local community.”

GSA has generated $97.7 million from the sales or transfer of 213 federal facilities across the country this year, the announcement said.

One of the parcels up for auction has eight buildings on 15.47 acres and includes an entrance gate, fencing, roads and parking. The buildings, erected mostly in the 1960s and 1970s, include the 22,740-square-foot commissary, an administration building of 6,070 square feet and maintenance and storage sheds.

The second, 2.41 acres, has four buildings, including the missile bunker.

Collier plans to develop an emergency medical services station on an 11-acre parcel to the south and east of the auction properties, Mr. Sirabella said.

GSA will hold a site viewing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.


Jon Schmitz: jschmitz@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1868. Twitter: @pgtraffic.

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