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Douglas County targets MUD building for juvenile justice center

Posted: 6:43 AM, Dec 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-06 12:43:03Z
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OMAHA, NEB. (KMTV) — The Metro Utilities Department Board said Wednesday night they would like to have the Douglas County Board to approve a deal to buy their downtown headquarters to ensure they are getting a legitimate offer.

"I want to know when the board in Douglas County is going to vote," MUD Board member Mike McGowan said. "After we have a legitimate offer sponsored by the board - I don't know - we're spending time talking about this, but it's contigent on what the Douglas County Board approves."

The building at 18th and Harney was the county's preferred site for a new juvenile justice center but the deal fell apart, causing Douglas County to set its sights on a historic building near 18th and Harney. However, there were issues there as a lawsuit paused plans to use eminent domain.

A tentative offer was made by Douglas County to buy the MUD building earlier this week and Douglas County Board member Clare Duda said he will make a push for the Board to approve an offer.