Grayson County jail expansion plan faces pushback
SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — Grayson County officials are planning to expand the county jail. But some citizens are concerned about what this may mean for downtown Sherman.
Grayson County Commissioners heard Tuesday from people and business owners who are unsure of the impact this could have on their city.
"I'm absolutely not against the expansion of the jail," said business owner Alisha Rosenthal. "I know that the growth of the community requires that, but we're just really concerned about the location."
The jail is located at 200 South Crockett Street, just south of the county courthouse at the heart of the downtown district. Some are wary how the jail expansion might affect Sherman's image to visitors.
"It kind of doesn't go with our future plans and all the work we're doing to make this a place to come for entertainment, fun, music, eating out," said Sarah McRae, tourism and Main Street manager for the City of Sherman. "Like, bring your family here for a fun, safe time."
Some are suggesting that the county move the jail elsewhere.
"It's been here, we've worked around it for years," McRae said. "But it would just be really cool to see it relocated like some other really thriving downtowns have done."
Grayson County Sheriff Tom Watt will meet with citizens at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the courthouse to explain the thought process behind the plans.