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County, city officials looking for new tenants of old State School in Crockett

Source: KTRE staff Source: KTRE staff

There could be new life for the old State School building in Crockett.

Houston County Judge Erin Ford said he has been in talks with several groups.

"I was in a Burke Center meeting, and the discussion was centered around of bed space for mental health," Ford said. "The facility was the perfect option."

Ford said he has met with officials from the State Health Department as well as State Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, and State Senator Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, in Austin on the matter. Ford said the group has also toured the facility.

"Our second option would be for the Texas Military Department," Ford said. They are looking at using the facility for a military juvenile boot camp. They are going to tour the facility in May."

Ford also said that the Crockett Economic Development Corporation is also looking into multiple options for the facility.

In April of 2014, the Cornerstone Group started operating out of the facility. The group planned on taking in juveniles from the state system, but a senator from the Houston area blocked the move, and the facility was forced to shut down.

In July of 2014, the Cornerstone Group said they were contacted by the federal government to house illegal immigrants in the building, but the company decided to not do anything with the government, saying it would go against the way they, "run their program."

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