The Rowan County Fiscal Court has selected a location for a new regional jail. Rowan County Judge Executive Walter Blevins says the site is ideal for their needs.
“It’s the old tobacco warehouse, the one on (U.S.) 60 and it’s the one closest to town so it’s next to Caudill Seed. It’s about a six acre site. We think it’s the best location we could find. We’ve looked all over and we’ve looked at about thirty-some different locations and we’ve looked at those versus this one and we think we’ve got the best site.” –Walter Blevins
Blevins says the property is inside the Morehead city limits, so there’s access to utilities and fire protection. He says the county will pay 700-thousand dollars for the property and the old warehouse will have to be torn down.
Site preparation, says Blevins, is still at least a month away. He says the land will have to be surveyed a second time before it’s cleared for development. The judge says the size of the jail has not yet been determined but it’ll likely include about 250 beds.