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Taxpayers funding a Wayne Co. prison that has been sitting empty for years

WHEC-TV – Rochester

The state could finally have plans for a Wayne County prison that’s been sitting empty for years.

The former Butler Correctional Facility used to have more than a hundred people working at it while the 196 acre housed minimum and medium security prisoners.

News10NBC has learned that plans for the facility have changed.

Since closing in 2014, the former prison has sat vacant, costing state taxpayers $300,000 to maintain each year.

This summer, it appeared there was a reason for optimism.

After four years of nothing, Empire State Development, the agency in charge of the project, finally issued a request for proposals.

That’s the process that would allow the facility to be sold to a private owner, someone that could re-develop the former prison.

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