The General Services Administration (GSA) last week began accepting bids in an online auction for a former communications facility run by the Navy in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia.
The 122-acre campus at the former Navy Information Operations Command Sugar Grove once supported up to 450 personnel and their families in a self-contained community which includes residential housing among its 105 buildings. The Navy base closed in September, eliminating one of Pendleton County’s largest employers and the state’s only active-duty military installation, reported Stars and Stripes.
The site is “ideal for a corporate training center, a university or academic campus, a spa/clinic, movie studio or mountain resort,” according to its listing on the GSA Auctions website. The high bid listed for the property is $1 million; a closing date for the auction has not been determined.
Kansas-based KVC Health Systems, a child welfare and behavioral health care organization, previously has said it is interested in acquiring the site to turn it into a skills training college for young adults transitioning out of foster care. The federal government had offered to turn over the facility to the state at no cost for use as a state prison, but Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) turned down the overture.