No bids for shuttered juvenile detention center
CUSTER, S.D. (AP) — No one has expressed interest in buying a former juvenile detention center on the auction block in Custer County.
The STAR Academy closed in April 2016. The Legislature approved a plan to sell the 173-acre parcel with 11 residences, a barn, gym and buildings for housing, administration and maintenance. The asking price is $2.3 million.
State School and Public Lands Commissioner Ryan Brunner says a number of potential buyers toured the facility in recent weeks. The governor’s office says it costs taxpayers $500,000 annually to maintain the property.
The Rapid City Journal says three registered bidders were among the throng of state legislators, elected county officials, representatives of the governor’s office and interested local residents who attended Wednesday’s auction at the courthouse.
Calls for bids were met with silence.
Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com