Plan For Former Prison Stalled In Legislature

DENVER (AP) – A plan to turn a former prison in southeast Colorado into a treatment center for the homeless has been defeated by state lawmakers.

Gov. John Hickenlooper wanted lawmakers to devote some $6 million over two years for the renovation project at the former Fort Lyon Correctional Facility near Las Animas. The governor proposed using the former prison as a treatment center for the chronically homeless.

But legislative budget writers from both parties disagreed, denying the governor money needed to update the century-old facility. A bill to revive the Fort Lyon plan was defeated Friday in a Senate committee. That leaves the future of the former prison in doubt.

RELATED: County Leaders Hope Endangered Fort Lyon Could Help Veterans

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