By Ovetta Wiggins
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, October 18, 2010; 8:34 PM
Two companies are interested in buying Glenn Dale Hospital, a former tuberculosis sanatorium in Prince George's County, according to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
Alvin McNeal, acting deputy director for administration and development for the county's Department of Parks and Recreation, which oversees the property, said the commission received the sealed bids Friday.
"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 Sept. 14. The deadline was extended to Oct. 15 after six potential bidders had questions.
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 be used as a continuing care retirement community and that the remaining 150 acres be 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, it was being used by District residents with chronic illnesses. It was shut down in the early 1980s, and the commission bought the property from the city in 1995.