Islamic Educational Firm Wins Bid For Former Youth Development Center

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An Islamic educational consulting firm won the bid for a former Youth Development Center in Pennsylvania, though state officials say they have no idea what they plan to do with it.

Hira Educational Services, an Islamic company based in New Jersey, placed a winning bid of $400,000 for the former YDC property in Shenango Township, Pa. Asif Kunwar, founder of Hira Educational Services, placed the minimum bid of $300,000. Hira then placed the winning bid after Sumner McDanel placed a bid of $305,000. 

Lawrence County Commissioners reportedly had no information about the identity of the bidders or any idea of Hira’s intent for the property.

“We really have no knowledge on who the bidders are, (or) what their plans are,” said County Commissioner Dan Vogler.

Though the Ellwood City Ledger attempted to find out Hira’s future plans for the property, their inquiry turned up fruitless.

Hira’s stated mission is “[t]o provide the most professional and best consultancy services to Islamic schools throughout North America so that they could secure funds to dispense important services.” According to Hira’s website, the company has provided counseling to over 200 Islamic schools across the nation who do not receive government funding.

Pennsylvania now has 15 days from their acceptance of Hira’s bid to sign and deliver a sales agreement for the property. Though the property was put up for auction on two previous occasions, county officials said they received no bids at that time. The property, initially valued at $2 million, had a minimum bid set at $300,000.

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