Littlefield prison sells at auction for $6 million - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Littlefield prison sells at auction for $6 million

LITTLEFIELD, TX (KCBD) -

The Bill Clayton Detention Center was supposed to pump millions of dollars into the city of Littlefield.  Instead, the facility financially drained the town.  Thursday, after a highly anticipated auction, the jail received a new owner.

The jail has been vacant for the past two years.  Thursday's auction required an opening bid of $5 million.  However, when all was said and done, the city managed to auction the facility off for $6 million to a private bidder over the internet.

Shirley Mann, the Mayor of Littlefield, says that was welcome news.

"It's such a relief, such a weight off our shoulders," Mann said.

The jail was built through an $11 million bond back in 1999.  The debt from the facility had forced the city to make some tough choices.

"We laid off a few people, and people didn't get raises last year," Mann said.

The sale of $6 million doesn't completely rid the city of debt, but it certainly gets them closer.

Jef Conn, the Realtor who handled the sale for Coldwell Banker Commercial, says the sale is a win-win situation for all parties involved.

"The people who bought this, got it for basically half of what it's appraised for, so they're going to make a lot of money, bring a lot of jobs and give a lot of jobs to the city of Littlefield," Conn said.

Conn says the private bidder wants to remain anonymous for now, but has plans to maintain the jail and employ 75 to 100 people.  Mann says she now has one less worry on the city's agenda.

"Littlefield has never had a lot of money and we probably never will - but we will always do just fine. We'll do just fine," Mann said.

©2011 KCBD NewsChannel 11. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Texas mourners endure grief that 'none of us can comprehend'

    Texas mourners endure grief that 'none of us can comprehend'

    Saturday, May 19 2018 11:51 PM EDT2018-05-20 03:51:30 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 9:37 PM EDT2018-05-21 01:37:48 GMT
    (Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...(Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

  • Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

    Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

    Sunday, May 20 2018 1:31 AM EDT2018-05-20 05:31:13 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 9:37 PM EDT2018-05-21 01:37:10 GMT
    (Alan Berner /The Seattle Times via AP). Washington State Fish and Wildlife Police confer with an individual from the King County Medical Examiner's and a King County Sheriff's deputy on a remote gravel road above Snoqualmie, WA., following a fatal cou...(Alan Berner /The Seattle Times via AP). Washington State Fish and Wildlife Police confer with an individual from the King County Medical Examiner's and a King County Sheriff's deputy on a remote gravel road above Snoqualmie, WA., following a fatal cou...

    Authorities say the cougar believed responsible for the attack has been euthanized.

    Authorities say the cougar believed responsible for the attack has been euthanized.

  • Venezuela keeps voting stations open amid light turnout

    Venezuela keeps voting stations open amid light turnout

    Sunday, May 20 2018 12:22 AM EDT2018-05-20 04:22:02 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 9:36 PM EDT2018-05-21 01:36:15 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos). Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro makes the victory sign after a meeting with former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, May 18, 2018. Maduro is se...(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos). Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro makes the victory sign after a meeting with former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, May 18, 2018. Maduro is se...
    Venezuelans vote Sunday in a presidential election with Nicolas Maduro expected to win a second six-year term, despite a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once...
    Venezuelans vote Sunday in a presidential election with Nicolas Maduro expected to win a second six-year term, despite a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once wealthy nation plummets.
Powered by Frankly