Petition to Close Green Bay Correctional Institute Gains Needed Support

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The Village of Allouez reports it has reached its goal of 1,000 signed petitions from Brown County residents concerning closing and moving the Brown County Correctional Institution to a new location.

Allouez Village Administrator, Brad Lange says the signatures were gathered six weeks ahead of schedule.

“The speed and volume of the response clearly communicates Brown County residents want the DOC’s Green Bay Correctional Institution operations moved to a new, more cost-effective facility in the Brown County area;” a news release reads.

Even with the public support to close and relocate the facility, there’s a long road ahead for the proposal.

“We’re looking at roughly three, three and a half years before a new facility can be made,” Rep. David Steffen said Wednesday. “So it’s going to be three and a half to four years before the land where G.B.C.I. is currently located can be transitioned to its next and better future.”

A plan for the redevelopment of the land the prison currently stands on has been drawn up.

That design is being used by St. Norbert College to develop an economic impact study.

“They’re going to tell us what is the potential land value of that for tax purposes,” Allouez Village President Jim Rafter said. “They’re also going to look at economic development in terms of job creation, business creation, so I think we’ll see what does something like this mean to the County of Brown and Northeast Wisconsin.”

The results of that economic impact study are expected to be released by the end of August.

To sign the petition to decommission the Green Bay Correctional Institution online, click here.

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