Future plans are still on the table for the use of the Fort Lyon facility, said Bent County Commissioner Bill Long.

Future plans are still on the table for the use of the Fort Lyon facility, said Bent County Commissioner Bill Long. He is hopeful that he can "make an announcement in about six weeks," but added there is still more work to putting all the pieces in place. Long said the plan is to provide a place for homeless Veterans and non-veterans who are identified as needing substance abuse and mental health treatment. In addition to the treatment, classroom and vocational education would be offered.


Long stressed that this would be "transitional housing." The food distribution center which has been proposed would be a component of the enterprise.


There are still 10 Department of Correction Employees providing maintenance and security for the large facility and that is in place until December. Maintenance down the road will be necessary and Long said he has offered to have a conversation with the state as to a solution for this. At this time, the conversation hasn't happened, but Long wants to have a plan in place which will ensure the maintenance and security will continue to protect the integrity of the facility.