CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A step toward construction of a replacement for Franklin County Prison was taken Thursday when members of the county's prison board asked the Franklin County Board of Commissioners to pursue a building site at Letterkenny Army Depot.
"It pleases me that we are moving forward," Warden John Wetzel said after the meeting. He said the price of the land was still being negotiated with the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority, the agency created in the 1990s to manage surplus property following the realignment of Letterkenny Army Depot. LIDA owns the business park that is being created on the former Army land.
The prison on Franklin Farm Lane was built in the early 1970s and has become woefully overcrowded, County Commissioner Bob Thomas said Thursday.