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Kenton Co. breaks ground on new jail

Posted by Trina Edwards - email

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - After years of debate and dispute, Kenton County finally breaks ground on a new jail.

A ceremony was being held at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

For nearly two decades, Kenton County officials have been waiting for this day. They've invited a guest list of over 250 for the ceremony.

In 1991, now former Kenton County Judge-executive Clyde Middleton publicly called for a new facility.

In 1997, plans to build the facility died.

The topic has been debated and protested for years. Overcrowding and operational issues drew state and even federal attention and scrutiny.

In late 2006 and early 2007, an Independence site chosen for construction near a residential neighborhood was protested by several homeowners in the area.

A new site was chosen later in 2007, off of Mary Laidley Drive in Covington, near the animal shelter.

Construction is already in progress. The jail is scheduled to open in October 2010.

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