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Over 500 acres of former Columbia Training School land going back to Marion County


After a couple of years of negotiations, a large portion of the former Columbia Training School land is set to be transferred back to Marion County.

State Representative Ken Morgan says, House Bill 132, okaying the transfer of over 500 acres of land back to Marion County has passed the State House and Senate and is awaiting Governor Bryant's signature. 

In the 1930s, around 3,000 acres of land was deeded over to the Department of Human Services for a training school. The intent was that if the training school ever closed, the land would be transferred back to the county. Since 2011, local and state officials have worked to get the land back on the list of Marion County assets. 

Rep. Morgan says, "House Bill 132 requested that 370 acres on the east side of Hwy. 44 be returned back to the development partnership for an industrial park and then 160 acres and all the buildings on the campus would come back to the Marion County Board of Supervisors in hopes that we could devise some means to make a useful entity out of it for the county and be productive and get it on the tax roll."

Once the bill is signed by the governor and okayed by the Department of Human Services, the land will be deeded over. The county is working to have the additional 1,700 acres deeded over as well.

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