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Sep 18, 2016 10:41 AM

Navy Brig languishes after 3 failed redevelopment attempts

The Associated Press

KITTERY, Maine - The former Navy prison at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has fallen into despair after four decades of disuse. And it appears nothing is going to change anytime soon.

The Navy abandoned its third attempt to enlist the private sector to redevelop the shuttered prison, known as the Navy Brig. For now, the Navy says it has no planned actions for future use.

The fortress-like structure with priceless ocean views represents a quandary. It's both too expensive to repair and too costly to tear down, partly because of the environmental abatement of asbestos and lead paint.

The Navy has tried three times to enlist help from private developers. Officials determined nearly a year ago that the latest proposals weren't economically viable.

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