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County commissioner says his committee's new youth center proposal is better and cheaper

County commissioner says his committee's new youth center proposal is better and cheaper

The Douglas County Administrative Services committee released an alternative proposal Thursday night for a new juvenile justice center in Omaha.

"We can make this look like a normal junior high, high school that these kids came from, and hopefully they're going to go back to," said Douglas County Commissioner Jim Cavanaugh.

Rather than take over an entire downtown block at 18th and Howard, the committee hopes to scrap a plan for eminent domain.

The new plans call for a taller downtown building that will hold courts and attorney offices, and also renovations to the existing Douglas County Youth Center.

"I'll tell you two things right now, it's better and it's cheaper," said Commissioner Cavanaugh.

Better, he says, because the new proposal has 80 beds available for youth.

The original proposal had 48.

And he says cheaper because the new plans trim the cost of the project by $24.5 million.

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