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Plans Withdrawn For Controversial Justice Center

Yet another update on the proposed Southern Vermont Justice Center, as one of the biggest financial backers of the project has apparently pulled out. According to the Eagle Times, Windham County Sheriff Keith Clark withdrew an application for necessary planning and zoning permits Wednesday – just one day before a public hearing was scheduled to discuss the controversial proposal – and says he is no longer pursuing a justice center.

Clark told the newspaper that the U.S. Marshal’s office no longer wanted to move forward with financial support, and that without its assistance, the project would not be possible.

The detention facility was originally proposed to be constructed along the riverfront in Bellows Falls at the site of the old Liberty Mill Paper Company building, though community members heavily resisted the project.

Clark scratched that location earlier this month, and shifted sites on a large portion of land in Rockingham north of the Exit 6 ramp off Interstate 91, though those plans were also met with resistance.

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