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Future of old Forrest County Jail uncertain

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The Forrest County Supervisors voted Monday to reject the bid of Landmark Asset Services of North Carolina for the old county jail.

Landmark bid $230,000 to purchase, the jail, the adjacent women's jail, and the Carpenter Building next store. Landmark wanted to convert the properties into apartments and office space using Section 42 Housing Tax Credits to fund construction.

In an attempt to sway the board's decision, Landmark removed the Carpenter building from the proposal. It currently houses the counties school district offices and a new location would have had to been found for them.

Board President David Hogan said they appreciated Landmark's bid because it had aroused interest from the community and the local private sector.

"The main reason we're not going with Landmark at this time is the timing," said Hogan. "They have to know by the 18th of this month and it just didn't afford us enough to fully expound on the option."

Hogan would not identify the other bidders, but did say their plans for the jail are similar, but do not include Section 42 housing.

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