Corrections leaving Colfax

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Jeffco’s Board of County Commissioners announced it abandoned efforts to build a correctional facility near West Colfax and Wide Acres road, and will scout for another location.

“We are no longer looking at that site along Wide Acres road for that facility,” said Kathryn Heider, public information officer for Jeffco.

The commissioners directed Ralph Schell, county administrator, to suspend the proposed exchange agreement scheduled for approval on Aug. 6 at the next commissioner’s business meeting.

The deal received little support by some Jeffco residents, more than 30 of whom attended the commissioners’ meeting on July 23.

“Your constituents are very concerned,” said Rob Thorsheim who, like many others in attendance at the commissioner’s meeting, said they felt blindsided by the pending deal and wanted to stop the exchange.

Jeffco is looking to build a new 58,000-square-foot corrections facility as part of the county’s Community Corrections Program. The county entered into a land exchange agreement with Colorado Investment and Development Company in 2012.

The agreement allowed the company to buy the property at Colfax in order to build a new corrections facility, and then swap the site for the New York Building on Kendall Street, which currently operates as the county’s transition house for released offenders.

According to County Commissioner Casey Tighe, the county has no replacement site under consideration at this time. He said the commissioners are reviewing the entire site-selection process.

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