Redevelopment planned for area around former Missouri prison

2 years 10 months 1 week ago Monday, July 17 2017 Jul 17, 2017 Monday, July 17, 2017 2:37:26 PM CDT July 17, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — City leaders in Missouri's capital are hoping that new legislation will help rejuvenate the state's former prison and the largely dilapidated area around it.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Gov. Eric Greitens signed a measure last week turning over 32 acres of state-owned land to Jefferson City. The city plans to build roads, hotels and new housing in the shadow of the old Missouri State Penitentiary, which closed in 2004.

Greitens said the redevelopment will help create jobs with higher pay to attract more people to the area, which had been considered a manufacturing hub due to cheap inmate labor.

The former prison is now considered a tourist destination for visitors who want history tours during the day or ghost tours at night.

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