MONROE, La. (AP) - Plans to convert an old Ouachita Parish school building into a workforce development facility and to house warrants and patrol divisions have been abandoned.
Sheriff Royce Toney says he's disappointed, but doesn't want to waste taxpayers' money.
Toney told The News-Star on Wednesday that economic conditions, coupled with the lack of available Department of Correction transitional workforce laborers makes "it no longer feasible to convert the structure into a transitional workforce facility."
Nearby residents, who were opposed to the building housing inmates, said they are pleased with the change in plans.
Toney said he hopes the facility could be turned into a youth sports complex to compliment the four baseball diamonds behind the building.
Toney said he will continue searching for a location for the patrol division.
Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com