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Rockingham Planning Commission Sets Hearing Date

Another follow-up on a proposal to build a pre-trial detention facility along the riverfront in Bellows Falls, as the Rockingham Planning Commission has set a public hearing date to discuss amendments brought forward by a local citizens group.

The commission voted unanimously during its regularly-scheduled meeting Monday night to accept draft documents written by Rockingham for Progress, and to hold a public hearing March 2 at 7 p.m. at the town hall. If brought to a vote and approved by residents, the amendments could potentially prohibit the construction of the Liberty Mill Justice Center to be built at the site of the former Liberty Paper Company.

Residents immediately raised concern when then the state proposed the $23-million dollar facility, with an eventual 244 residents signing a Rockingham for Progress petition requesting several zoning amendments.

The amendments would limit the amount of people allowed to reside within the facility, which the group hopes will prevent the project from being started.

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