TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Terre Haute City Council voted to approve the rezoning for the proposed site for the new Vigo County jail which is at the old golf driving range that is behind the Honey Creek Mall.
In February of this year, a federal judge officially ruled that conditions at the current jail were unconstitutional.
This ruling caused the judge to order Vigo County officials to replace the jail.
In May, county commissioners chose the property at 500 West Honey Creek Drive as the future location.
Thursday, it was up to the Terre Haute City Council to rezone this property to P-1 for a penitentiary, which they did by a vote of 6-3.
This vote came after just over 4 hours of comments from the public and law enforcement, including Sheriff John Plasse and THPD Chief Shawn Keen.
Keen presented how the proposed location would have little impact on police response times.
Commissioner Brad Anderson says he believes the Honey Creek property will be a good location for the jail.
“We’re just glad to get started on this because the costs keep going up. The longer we delay, it’s millions of dollars that we’ve lost in delays. Now we can start building,” Anderson said.
Anderson says the county must next purchase the land and finish design work.
From there, he hopes to break-ground and have the jail built in the next few years.