Littlefield was expected to hear word Monday on whether it had a tenant for its empty detention center. So far there has been silence on that hoped for deal. Contractors originally intended to have a decision this past Friday and now it looks like it will be delayed further.
The Bill Clayton Detention Center at the southwest edge of town has been vacant since 2009.
A sex offender housing company, Correct Care Recovery Solutions, has already pre-negotiated a lease and put in a contract bid. The rehabilitation program is designed to take in sex offenders who complete their sentence but are not eligible for unsupervised release.
After the American Cotton Growers denim mill closed its doors this past winter, Lamb County's unemployment rate has doubled. Littlefield City Manager Mike Arismendez said Littlefield is hurting and desperately needs jobs.
"We have a lot at stake right now with the jobs we're looking at this particular facility creating, be able to offset some of the job loss that we had in January with the denim mill. We're hoping that this will be able to kind of be a great boost into the economy, great boost into the city," Arismendez said.
Correct Care Management has hosted job fairs over the past week and is anticipating the awarding of the contract.