CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Division of Corrections took possession of an East End building that will become the new home of the Charleston work release center Friday afternoon.
The state agency closed the sale of the building at 1356 Hansford St., and Division of Corrections Commission Jim Rubenstein said he hopes to move Charleston's current work release center from an 11,000-square-foot building on Brooks Street to the 42,520-square-foot building on Hansford Street by the end of 2012.
The move will allow the agency to expand from a 70-bed facility to one that will house up to 120 inmates. The move is a controversial one that has set off a firestorm of opposition from many East End residents.
One, Rose Pleasant, requested an injunction to block the move. Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Tod Kaufman denied the request Tuesday. Pleasant, 50, lives on Rugby Street near the site of the new work release center.
A petition with about 500 signatures from other residents opposing the relocation of the center was included with the request for an injunction.
"The WVDOC looks forward to working with the community and local leadership to make this transition as seamless as possible," a press release from the state agency reads.
The state Division of Corrections paid $1,075,000 for the new building, which is owned by McJunkin Redman Corp.
In 2009, the building was appraised at $1,011,000, said Steve Duffield, supervisor of the Real Estate and Reappraisal Division of the Kanawha County Assessor's office.