2012-01-23 / Maine

Jail reopens for a different purpose

ALFRED (AP) — The former York County jail is being used again after being vacant for about seven years, but for a much different purpose.

The York County Government Building in Alfred held an open house Sunday.

The renovated building includes the emergency operations center for the York County Emergency Management Agency.

Even though the building has brand new efficiency lighting and heating, signs of what the building used to be are still visible, including heavyweight doors that open to offices that were once cells.

Project manager Robert Brown tells WCSH- TV it’s unusual for old jails to be converted to a different use.

The project was funded by $650,000 in federal grants and $300,000 from the county.

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