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Alexander begins $21M prison project near Shamokin

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Harrisburg's Alexander Building Construction Co. has started work on a new $21 million, 288-inmate county prison in Northumberland County.

The facility at the former Northwestern Academy in Coal Township, near Shamokin, is expected to be completed by August 2018, officials with the Alexander construction firm said Friday.

Northumberland County has been without a prison since a January 2015 fire damaged the former prison in Sunbury.

"Alexander recognizes that this is an important project for the residents and citizens of Northumberland County," Rick Seitz, Alexander’s president, said in a news release.

Inmates have been housed in the state prison in Coal Township and other state and county prisons since the fire, the Sunbury Daily Item newspaper reported.

The work on the new prison will require both renovation and new construction, Alexander officials said.

One building will accommodate female prisoners in intermediate security along with administrative offices, while a second will house male prisoners in a maximum-security setting. A third will be a minimum-security facility for male prisoners of low risk who are authorized for work-release status, the company also said.

Alexander, which has an office in State College, is part of the Allentown-based Butz Family of Companies.

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