Jail Could Force Out Neighbors

1 decade 1 year 5 months ago Monday, June 18 2007 Jun 18, 2007 Monday, June 18, 2007 4:40:26 PM CDT June 18, 2007 in News

But, this means local business owners may be asked to leave. Jefferson City purchased land for possible use on projects that include the proposed Cole County jail.

The new jail would replace the old facility which processes more than 4,400 inmates each year.

Marjorie Beenders has acquired a few memories in her Jefferson City office during the past twelve years.

"Just being able to be here we have actually made this office feel more like home," Beenders said.

She and others have to leave their home away from home, because the city purchased the stretch of land it's on. Beenders' office sits on what could be the new Cole County jail.

The exact use of the land is not finalized, but some tenants have already started to move out. Though it will be tough to go, everyone KOMU talked with said they understand where the city is coming from.

"It is one of the few places around town I think that would serve the needs of the county and the city collectively," said busines owner Robert Pratt. "I think it was a good choice on their part."

City officials say tenants will be allowed to keep their leases until the city finds a use for the land.

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