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Rogers Group Buys a Prison

Rogers Group Inc. has paid the state of Tennessee $12.1 million for a 119-acre vacant former prison in West Nashville, according to a report in The Tennessean.

The Nashville-based provider of crushed stone, sand and gravel, asphalt and highway construction declined to comment to the paper on its purchase of the Charles Bass Correctional Complex property off Centennial Boulevard, which sits across Richland Creek from its REOStone Quarry on Robertson Avenue.

"I'm interested to hear what their plans are for the property," Councilwoman Mary Carolyn Roberts told the paper. 

Rogers Group made the highest offer of $12.5 million among six suitors for the site at 7177 Cockrill Bend Blvd. The location includes the shuttered 162,700-sq.-ft. former medium-security correctional complex.

The property borders the Cumberland River and a pair of industrial buildings. It is a half-mile from the John C. Tune Airport in an area with many warehouses and light industrial businesses.