UA offers $60M for Bryce property; move considered

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - State mental health trustees have turned down the University of Alabama's offer to buy the historic Bryce hospital in Tuscaloosa.

The university has wanted the Bryce property for years because it adjoins its campus, and the mental health agency is seeking to replace Bryce because it's so old and sprawling - parts of the compound predate the Civil War.

The university offered $50 million cash for the hospital and another $10 million for environmental cleanup and historic preservation.

Mental health trustees turned down the offer during a meeting Thursday, but department spokesman John Ziegler says the agency is open to further talks.

The state is considering options that include transferring Bryce's treatment programs to the old Carraway hospital in Birmingham.

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