Saturday, April 21, 2018
Politics

Shuttered Hillsborough prison among four sold statewide

TALLAHASSEE — A shuttered women's state prison in Hillsborough County is among four approved Tuesday for sale.

The 135-acre site near Riverview of the Hillsborough Correctional Institution was cleared by Gov. Rick Scott and the three Cabinet members to be sold to its only bidder — the Tampa-based Eisenhower Property Group LLC.

The company, which offered more than $3.5 million for the site, owns several other large tracts of vacant and pasture land nearby, property records show. Background materials prepared for Tuesday's meeting say the company has no plans for now to build on the land.

The prison was closed in 2012 as part of a statewide consolidation plan to save money. It was most recently the faith- and character-based home to 299 women.

Besides the Hillsborough prison, the state approved the sale of three more in Broward, Hendry and Palm Beach counties. The state also sold off other land in Volusia and Miami-Dade counties. The Volusia parcel will be used to help start a motorsports program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

The more than $27 million generated by the sales will go to a state fund used to purchase environmentally-sensitive lands.

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