October 20, 2013
This file photo from March 21, 2012, shows repairs being made on the front of Housing Unit 1 at the Missouri State Penitentiary along Layfette Street in Jefferson City. State officials closed off the vacant prison last month and canceled public tours for the rest of 2013 due to mold problems in the historic site's deteriorating buildings.
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Though work is ongoing, tours of the old Missouri State Penitentiary will resume April 21. The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Thursday morning that “modified tours” are expected to begin April 21. The modified history tours will allow access to Housing Units 1 and 4, some of Housing Unit 3, and the gas chamber, while the state continues mold remediation and repair work.
Mold remediation at former penitentiary to cost millions
The old Missouri State Penitentiary remains closed to the public as state officials discuss how best to handle mold found at the site last month. Since closure, the News Tribune has made repeated attempts to ask the Office of Administration, which oversees the prison site, about the extent of the mold problem, the location and what the state plans to do.
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