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Vigo Co. Commissioners Requesting Purchase Of Former Golf Course For New Jail

Site of the proposed Vigo County Jail

The site is the rear portion of the former Stu's golf course. (Joe Hren, WFIU/WTIU News)

The Vigo County Commissioners are requesting the council approve the purchase of a former golf course to build a new county jail.

The site is between Terre Haute’s Honey Creek Mall and the wastewater treatment plant.

The 22 acres would cost the county $510,800. 

A federal judge said county leaders had to make a decision on a location for a new jail by mid-May due to overcrowding at its downtown facility.

Commissioners considered other site options at Prairieton Road and Springhill Drive, 2900 South State Rd. 63, and the city’s current government complex.

Terre Haute City Council voted against rezoning land at the former International Paper Property on Prairieton Road last December over concerns of riverfront development.

The county has been debating the issue for years. The Vigo County Council voted to raise the local income tax by 0.75 percent last August to fund the project.

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