A potential buyer for a campground in the township has emerged.
A tentative agreement to purchase the Mensch Mill Conference and Retreat Center, located near the intersection of Conrad and Mensch Mill roads in Hereford Township from the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ has been reached, according to Bob Fogel, a volunteer with the organization. "All I can tell you is that the property is under contract," said Fogel, participating in the process as requested by Rev. Wanda D. Craner, the acting conference minister. "But it has not been closed. The sale will be completed when the buyer completes its due diligence."
Fogel declined to name the potential buyer, as did Rev. Sharon Morris, the associate conference minister.
"The only thing I can tell you is that we have had someone interested for a couple months," Morris said, adding that the party has been "doing due diligence looking at the property to see what needs to be done." Morris said the conference would be willing to divulge the purchaser "when they sign a contract."
She deferred all further questions about a potential sale to Craner, the acting conference minister. An automated response from Craner's email address stated that she would be unavailable through Tuesday, Aug. 22.
An unacceptable offer for Mensch Mill was rejected in May 2013, according to a letter from Rob Stilwell, PSEC's treasurer, to its delegates and clergy, posted on the conference's website. "The effort to sell Mensch Mill continues," states the letter, dated April 30. The property was listed with Roedig Vesco Commercial Group, based in Huntingdon Valley, in May of 2013, according to the letter.
At an auction scheduled earlier this year, the starting bid for the property, listed as 343 Conrad Road in Barto, was set at $975,000, according to information posted at http://auctionpoint.com.
Multiple messages left for John Roedig, Joe Vescovich and Charles Coyle, identified on the commercial group's website, were not returned.
According to Morris, the property has been on the market since November of 2012, when conference delegates voted to sell it. She said the camp was closed in January of 2013. "There's no activity there," Morris said. "We're trying to maintain the property as best we can."
According to Morris, the conference sold its administrative offices in Collegeville since that vote.
Its current office is located in the 1400 block of Laura Lane in Pottstown, according to information posted on its website.