Commissioners consider new use for old jail

Remodeling could cost up to $850,000

Wednesday morning Cole County Commissioners saw three plans to remodel or rebuild the old Cole County jail.

They want the space to be converted to offices and possibly a new courtroom.

Remodeling the jail and sheriff's residence would cost $776,000 or $850,000.

Stripping the jail down to the original footprint and building a new structure would cost $1.65 million dollars.

Commissioners seemed to favor the third option which would build a new structure.

The building's exterior would be stone to match the courthouse.

Design would take three to four months. Construction would take 10 to 12 months.

Commissioners could approve a design project at their February 18th meeting.

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