St. James puts youth center on market for $2.5M


VACHERIE, La. (AP) — The St. James Parish Youth Detention Center is on the market for $2.5 million following a vote by the Parish Council to declare it surplus property.

The center closed June 30 because of new state regulations that would have driven up the cost to maintain the facility. Youth offenders were sent to a detention center in Assumption Parish.

Parish officials considered turning the facility into a prisoner work-release program hub, a nursing home or a minimum security prison.

However, the facility still sits empty.

Parish President Timmy Roussel tells The Advocate ( ) Wednesday there have been two recent inquiries into the youth center site with most of the interest centering around providing temporary housing there for the thousands of industrial workers expected to flood the parish over the next few years.

Roussel said the site could be used as "modular housing" or a "housing arena" for workers.

Roussel also said the Parish Council would face the issue of deciding how a 1-mill tax used to operate and maintain the youth center would be addressed now that its up for sale.


Information from: The Advocate,

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