Makeover for Former State Prison

1 decade 7 months 3 days ago February 23, 2006 Feb 23, 2006 Thursday, February 23 2006 Thursday, February 23, 2006 4:34:38 PM CST in News

So, a local group is trying to fix up the old prison grounds and surrounding area.

"Really, the plan is to go back to an old, what we would think would be an old-fashioned or traditional, neighborhood-type of development," said Janice McMillan. "People that are familiar with the development terms of the day call it 'new urbanism' today."

Developers hope to make the spot as historically charming. However, the plan has obstacles.

"Our zoning code calls for a little bit different uses than what the central east side plan calls for," added McMillan.

Many are glad to finally see some change.

"I believe it's a good thing. I think it's long overdue," said resident James Ellis. "It's a historical area with a lot of historical homes, and I think the development is going to bring a lot of value to the market here."

Organizers hope most of the major reconstruction will be done in a couple of years.

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