SKOWHEGAN, Maine – This castle of confinement could be yours, if the price is right.
The Somerset County Jail in downtown Skowhegan is for sale. It has a price tag of $200,000.
"It's an interesting building. It could be used for many, many things," said Philip Roy, chairman of the Somerset County commissioners.
The 14,000-square-foot lockup, which was built in 1897, is scheduled to shut down later this year when a new 200-bed county jail opens in Madison. A large "For Sale" sign recently went up in front of the brick structure, the Maine Morning Sentinel reported.
One of the selling points, said Tonya Allen, an assistant real estate broker, is that the building is situated in the heart of downtown Skowhegan, with no zoning or permit-use restrictions.
Roy said some ideas for the old jail include turning the property into a restaurant, an art gallery, a gift shop or even a bus station.
"We've had a lot of interest in the property," Allen told the Sentinel. "There's a lot of creative ideas out there."
The razor-wire fencing comes included.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.