DRPA agrees to pay $6M to tear down prison

July 16, 2009 5:20:33 AM PDT
The Delaware River Port Authority has agreed to pay to tear down the closed Riverfront State Prison, making room for more redevelopment on Camden's waterfront. The agency on Wednesday approved spending up to $6 million for the demolition.

The state closed the facility this year. Corrections officials say the state's prison population has shrunk enough that New Jersey's other lockups can absorb the inmates who had been at Riverfront.

The area near the 25-year-old prison has become prime real estate for redevelopment efforts.

There are no certain plans for what will happen with the land. Rutgers University has said it could use some of it to expand its nearby Camden campus.

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