Former prison for sale in Pa.

Sept. 27, 2012 at 4:53 PM   |   0 comments

EBENSBURG, Pa., Sept. 27 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania municipality is seeking a buyer or tenant for a unique property -- the former county prison.

The Ebensburg Borough Council said the back portion of the facility, which is newer than the front, is being used to house county records, but the front portion, which was the original Cambria County Prison, has been vacant for 15 years, WJAC-TV, Johnstown, Pa., reported Thursday.

"If it wasn't the landmark that it is in town, if it wasn't on the national list of historic places, we still couldn't tear it down," Ebensburg Borough Manager Dan Penatzer said. "I think it's probably impossible to tear this building down."

He said there are many different potential uses for the building.

"A restaurant, a microbrewery, retail, offices, anything," Penatzer said. "There's so much crazy character about this building that could apply it to any business theme like that. I think there's a lot of possibilities."

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