New prison being built in suburban Philly

SKIPPACK, Pa. (AP) — More than eight decades after a state prison was built at Graterford in suburban Montgomery County, work has begun on a $400 million replacement for the structure.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/ZkvD88 ) says prefab concrete cells are being poured and stacked for the Phoenix I and II complexes to open in Montgomery County’s Skippack Township in 2015.

Troy Thompson, spokesman for the state Department of General Services, says the project will be the second-most-expensive facility ever built by the commonwealth, exceeded only by the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Officials say the existing Graterford structure, built 84 years ago to house thousands of offenders crowding the old Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, will be mothballed rather than demolished for possible future use.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly.com

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