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St. James cuts asking price for detention center

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VACHERIE, La. (AP) - For a second time in less than two months, the St. James Parish Council cut the asking price for its shuttered juvenile detention center near Donaldsonville.

The council agreed Wednesday, 5-0, to reduce the price to 65 percent of the $2.5 million appraised value, or $1.625 million, and re-advertise for bids.

The council received no bids for the complex last month after an earlier price cut to $1.87 million.
Known as the St. James Youth Center, the complex off La. Highway 70, once served as a multi-parish juvenile detention facility operated by the parish. The center closed June 30, 2013, because new state regulations drove up the maintenance and operating costs.

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