Old Missouri State Pen Now Proposed Site for Shops, Offices, Prison Museum
|Missouri State Penitentiary Redevelopment Commission|
The old pen closed in 2004 and has remained empty ever since. But what better use for an old jail than as a place for people to go shopping?
On Monday the state adopted a redevelopment proposal for the 140-acre site. The building will house state offices, commercial and retail establishments, housing and a museum of the prison's long and illustrious history. Two state buildings already sit on the property and a new federal courthouse is slated for completion in 2011.
Click here for a PDF map of the prison site, including the proposed zoning.
John Landwehr, mayor of Jefferson City, told the website Missourinet that he hopes to eventually build a community there, not just a venue that opens at 8 a.m. and closes when it gets dark -- hence the plan for housing.
Well, where would you rather live, on the site of an old ballpark or in an old prison?