IP Plant Rezoning Denied, Commissioners Looking for New Jail Site

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The vote is in, the new Vigo County Jail will not sit on the old International Paper Plant Property.

This after an eight to one vote by Terre Haute City Council on December 13th.

“There were points made on both sides of the rezoning issue. Ultimately though I think there were better points made to oppose the rezoning,” said Councilman Curtis DeBaun

Ability to cultivate economic and tourist growth via the company Riverscape, being the number one opposition to rezoning the property.

“I am so proud of our city council and for the people who held on. And I know the community is gonna be so excited,” said Gerri Varner.

The one council member who voted yes during the meeting had already begun thinking outside the box for the IP property.

“I wanted to start talking about the possibilities of combining city, county and fire departments in a safety building. So that’s why I thought that property was perfect for that situation,” said Councilman Don Morris, D-At Large.

Because floor plans for the new jail had already been approved by county commissioners, Brad Anderson says commissioners will work hard to keep the plans as is, “We’ve already spent several hundred thousand dollars in design and network. So now we’ve gotta find something that it’ll fit on”.

Commissioners can either look for other locations, or make an appeal to city council.

The current rezoning decision must be reported to the judge by December 19th, after which commissioners will re-think other locations.
 

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