York County nursing home to be sold as 'condominium' while subdivision worked out
York County will soon transfer ownership of Pleasant Acres Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to a for-profit buyer, but the land that it's on will be subdivided at a later date.
The nursing home sits on a large, county-owned parcel in Springettsbury Township that also includes the county's prison, emergency management office, youth development center and archives.
County solicitor Glenn Smith said that, in order to expedite the sale to Premier Healthcare Management, the nursing home will be purchased as a condominium while the two sides work out how to subdivide the property.
The for-profit nursing home operator agreed in early May to purchase the 375-bed facility, along with the nearby York County Annex and Elm Spring independent senior living units, for $30.8 million.
The sale is expected to be finalized in August, and it could take another six to 12 months to complete the subdivision of the property, according to county spokesman Mark Walters.
Walters said Premier will own the approximately 20 acres where the nursing home and annex sit, while a condominium board will be established to deal with shared utilities and roadway issues.
The board and its terms are being established by the county and Premier attorneys, Walters added.
Premier will be responsible for maintaining its portion of the parcel and paying property taxes, Smith said.
The county and Premier are still negotiating a few pieces of the sale, Smith said, including whether the company wants to purchase any of the accounts receivable owed to the county from residents past and present at the nursing home.
County commissioners voted in May to write off more than $425,000 in overdue resident accounts that had "exhausted collectibility," according to Smith.
Smith noted that the total owed to the county through those resident accounts is currently about $6.3 million, with about 40 percent of that more than a year overdue.
The county has operated a nursing home since 1805, and the current facility in Springettsbury Township has been operating since 1931.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the county would still legally own the land, and the subdivision could take longer than six to 12 months.
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