City eyeing other conference center sites; state extends MSP contract

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Jefferson City officials say the factory building (the lower one on the right) and Housing Unit 5 (the red, brick building next to it) will likely be demolished to make way for new construction. Due to lack of maintenance and water permeation since the prison closed in 2004, the structures are too dilapidated to renovate.
Julie Smith/News Tribune Jefferson City officials say the factory building (the lower one on the right) and Housing Unit 5 (the red, brick building next to it) will likely be demolished to make way for new construction. Due to lack of maintenance and water permeation since the prison closed in 2004, the structures are too dilapidated to renovate.

Jefferson City's mayor wants a conference center near downtown.

It just may not happen at the old Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) site, like most people have anticipated.