Location Determined For New Vigo County Jail

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(image courtesy WTHI-TV) (image courtesy WTHI-TV)

The Vigo County Commissioners have announced the location for a new Vigo County Jail. The facility, the cost for which is yet to be determined, will be housed on the former International Paper property.

In a statement, the commissioners said the site on Prairieton Road meets all of its criteria for the new jail's location, including proximity to the current courthouse campus, appropriate size to accommodate future expansion and the cost to acquire. Our partners at WTHI-TV report many expressed concerns about the site, including the Riverscape organization, which said the project would derail progress in revitalizing the nearby area along the Wabash River.

"We have stood behind Riverscape and the School Corporation not only with Capital, but with support and we hope they will continue to work with us through this process," the statement said. "The fact is the Commissioners will be investing in this property, developing the utilities, removing abandoned buildings and placing a new and well-designed building in near proximity to the Courthouse."

The commissioners say the jail will be a single-level facility and WTHI reports the decision of the location now allows the commissioners to determine how to fund the project.

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