Bucks County Herald

Hilltown accepts bid for Blooming Glen school

CHRIS RUVO

Hilltown is moving forward with its plan to sell the former Blooming Glen High School.

On Monday, the township’s Board of Supervisors voted to accept Marc and Daniela Troilo’s bid of $128,240 for the 34,041-square-foot lot.

The Troilos, of Perkasie, were the highest of three bidders for the former high school, which is in Blooming Glen, an unincorporated village in Hilltown. The other bids offered were for $103,000 and $60,000, according to Township Solicitor Stephen Harris.

Township officials said it wasn’t yet clear what the future holds for the property, but noted that the lot lies in the “village commercial” zoning district.

“The idea has been that there will be a business use of some kind in there,” said Harris, noting the sale is expected to go to settlement on or before Aug. 30.

The solicitor has said that Hilltown was influenced to sell the high school because of the ongoing upkeep requirements and associated maintenance costs.

“The township no longer wanted to incur the expense,” he said.

A history of the high school from the township says that the original building was constructed as St. John’s Reformed Chapel in 1892.

From 1909 to 1953, the building served as Blooming Glen High School. There were two additions – first in 1911, then another in 1926.

In 1965, Hilltown bought the building. It served as the municipal building from 1972 to 1989. A third addition for police offices was added in 1975. More recently, the building has housed a library, a thrift shop, and been a place for Boy Scouts, according to Hilltown officials.

In 2017, crews removed a nonregulated underground heating oil storage tank from the property’s parking lot. Some 25 years ago, workers removed a 550-gallon subterranean gasoline storage tank and a 1,000-gallon diesel underground storage tank.




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