- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 9, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Columbus is spending more than $5 million to buy a former youth prison to build a water treatment facility.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1B2Dk7L ) Columbus City Council approved the $5.65 million purchase of the former Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility on Monday.

The 120-acre, state-owned property in southwestern Delaware County will host the city’s fourth water treatment plant. It will be fed by a new reservoir in Delaware County that was built to hold 9 billion gallons of water.

Design and construction will likely take a decade and the plant should be open by 2030. Officials say the site is ideal because of its proximity to the Scioto River.

Delaware County officials weren’t happy with the sale and say they’re losing an area that could have been developed for commercial use.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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