TITUSVILLE — The University of Pittsburgh at Titusville has transferred two campus properties to the City of Titusville in accordance with a 1965 agreement between the two.
In anticipation of its transition to an education and training hub in August 2020, the university will no longer use Murdock Townhouses and Joe M. Ball Residence Hall as student housing under the new hub model.
"We look forward to this next evolution of Pitt-Titusville and continuing to serve the community, support economic development and provide training and education for students from Pennsylvania and beyond," said Catherine Koverola, Pitt-Titusville’s president.
When Titusville conveyed the underlying properties to the university in 1965, the deed had a clause requiring the land be returned to the city if it was no longer serving a university purpose. The city has chosen to retain the buildings, appraised at $680,000, in the reversion, rather than require demolition.
"This transfer of properties creates an opportunity for future use and tax income for the city of Titusville, Titusville Area School District and Crawford County," City Manager Larry Manross said. "Once we have subdivided the property to separate the Murdock Townhouses from the Ball Residence Hall, we will publicly advertise our readiness to accept sealed bids for the purchase of these properties."