JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Jefferson County has scrapped plans for a proposed halfway house near a neighborhood and the fairgrounds after nearby residents protested.

Jeffco was considering a location right next to the Foothills Animal Shelter, Jefferson County Fairgrounds and Mesa View Estates neighborhood.

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Before the plans were abandoned, the piece of empty property was causing a stir between neighbors and Jefferson County officials.

The proposal would have turned the empty lot into a community corrections facility which would have housed about 200 convicted felons.

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The county said it is now considering other sites.

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