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June 10, 2013
California state government selling off Silicon Valley acreage

130610-3500-Zanker-Agnews-Campus-Slide1-940x360.jpgThe state has hung the "for sale" sign on an 81-acre parcel in San Jose once occupied by Agnews Developmental Center.

According to the Department of General Services, the 3500 Zanker Rd. property includes approximately 49 structures and 586 trees within a short distance of highways 101, 880 and 237.

Agnews opened in the 1888. California's 2003-04 budget called for closing the facility, and in 2009 the last residents moved out. The Agnews campus continued to provide outpatient clinic services until 2011, when it officially closed and was handed over to general services. Over the last few years, the state has sold two other campus parcels totaling nearly 400 acres.

PHOTO: An aerial view outlines the 82-acre parcel of the former Agnews Developmental Center now up for sale at 3500 Zanker Rd. in San Jose. Department of General Services/

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