DENVER (AP) – A plan to turn a former prison in southeast Colorado into a treatment center for the homeless appears to have cleared a final hurdle.
The Colorado Senate late Monday signed off a bill that included renovating the mothballed Fort Lyon Correctional Facility near Las Animas as a treatment center for long-term homeless, including homeless veterans.READ MORE: Rocky Mountain National Park Closed At Estes Park Entrance Due To 'Incident And Investigation'
The prison renovation was touted by Gov. John Hickenlooper as the best possible use for the century-old prison. But legislative budget-writers rejected the governor’s request for $6 million over two years amid concerns the facility needs more renovation than advertised and isn’t a good location for a homeless treatment center.READ MORE: Colorado Mountains, Ski Areas Expected To Get Much-Needed Snow This Week
After a back-and-forth with the House over Fort Lyon funding, the Senate changed course Monday and sent the measure to Hickenlooper’s desk.MORE NEWS: Driver, 2 Passengers Hurt After Car Crashes Into Home In Aurora; No One In Home Injured
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