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New Plans for YDC Property Take Shape, Bernstine Says

Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) today announced a new bid of sale has been accepted by the state Department of General Services for the Youth Development Center (YDC) property in Lawrence County. The $2 million bid was placed by Lawrence County Community Action Partnership (LCCAP), which plans to develop the property to accommodate educational, health care and short-term housing facilities, among other plans. LCCAP estimates the project will create at least 275 jobs once up and running. “This is one of the biggest wins for Lawrence County in decades,” Bernstine said. “I’m thrilled we were able to find a buyer for…


YDC Property Contract Terminated, Says Bernstine

Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) today issued the following update regarding the status of sale of the Youth Development Center (YDC) property in Lawrence County to the HIRA Education Services: “The former YDC property sale to HIRA Educational Services has been permanently stopped.  I would like to thank the Shenango Township supervisors, Rep. Chris Sainato, Sen. Elder Vogel and the countless community activists who joined forces to help bring this Lawrence County nightmare to an end. This property will once again be placed for bid by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I look forward to working with the community to ensure we…


Hira Founder Gives Insight to Plans for Former YDC

While the state attorney general has approved the sale of the property to Hira Educational Services of North America, Asif Kunwar, the founder of the Islamic-based company, has finally shed some light on the plans for the former Youth Development Center in New Castle. Following a press release issued by Kunwar, who apologized for the delay and stated that the business has taken the past month off for Ramadan, many unanswered questions have finally been answered. The release states that the plans for the property is to host a youth intervention center for troubled youth as a detention center alternative….


VIDEO: Live Stream from Hira Educational Meeting

The controversial sale of the former Youth Development Center in New Castle has led local government officials and many community members to publicly express their concerns. Shenango Township residents Shirley Sallmen and Barbara Thompson called for a public meeting regarding the sale. The meeting was hosted Friday evening by Jubilee Ministries International at the Kingdom Broadcasting Ministries with nearly 250 locals in attendance. Several elected officials were present at the meeting, including State Rep. Aaron Bernstine, who publicly presented the known and unknown facts regarding the company. “I want to be clear that this region is accepting of people from…


Youth Development Center in Shenango Sold to Islamic Consulting Firm

After laying abandoned for several years, the 145-acre state-owned property housing the former Youth Development Center in Shenango Township has been sold to a Newark, New Jersey based Islamic consulting firm called HIRA. Out of three total bids on the property, HIRA was the highest and now the public is curious to know what the potential business plans on doing with the space. HIRA’s official website – which contains many grammatical errors throughout – does not provide much information about the firm other than their main goal is to “offer services to the Islamic Schools who are not getting the…