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Maine town's jail up for sale for $200,000

The Associated Press

If you're in the market for a roomy brick-and-stone Victorian — complete with some pretty impressive security features — look no further.

The Somerset County Jail in downtown Skowhegan, Maine, is for sale. It has a price tag of $200,000 US.
"It's an interesting building. It could be used for many, many things," said Philip Roy, chairman of the Somerset County commissioners.

The 14,000-square-foot lockup, which was built in 1897, is scheduled to shut down later this year when a new 200-bed county jail opens in Madison.

One of the selling points, said Tonya Allen, an assistant real estate broker, is that the building is situated in the heart of downtown Skowhegan, with no zoning or permit-use restrictions.

Roy said some ideas for the old jail include turning the property into a restaurant, an art gallery, a gift shop or even a bus station.