Ellettsville residents are asking commissioners to build the jail elsewhere

ELLETTSVILLE — Long before land along Indian Road 46 west of Bloomington became a possible site for a new Monroe County Jail, several projects were proposed — a mall, a hospital, a grocery store, apartments and even a Meijer supercenter — but never came to fruition .

County officials are currently considering purchasing 43 acres at the intersection of State Road and Hunter Valley Road. They hope to build a criminal justice center on the property that will house the jail, sheriff’s office and courts and other criminal justice offices.

‘The Perfect Blank Slate’: Ellettsville Residents Ask ‘Why This Site?’

During a June 5 community meeting held at the Ellettsville fire station, the three county commissioners heard from area residents who did not want the jail anywhere near their town, even though the site is miles away from the eastern edge of Ellettsville. About 50 people took part in it.