County Youth Improvement and Care Middle accepted to be situated in Caledonia | Native Information

YORKVILLE — After about three years of planning, the Racine County Youth Improvement and Care Middle, a brand new juvenile detention middle targeted on psychological well being slightly than punishment and incarceration, is now formally set to be situated in Caledonia.

The County Board of Supervisors at its assembly Tuesday night voted 16-3 on a decision to authorize the acquisition of land, situated alongside Three Mile Street within the Village of Caledonia close to Batten Worldwide Airport, for $1 million and authorize the development of the Youth Improvement and Care Middle on the website.

Supervisors Kelly Kruse, Robert Grove and John Wisch voted in opposition to the decision. The remainder of the County Board voted in favor, aside from Jason Eckman and Thomas Pringle who had been excused from the assembly.

The psychological health-focused middle is to interchange the present facility on the fourth ground of the Kornwolf Middle and is to serve a most of 48 youths from Racine, Kenosha, Waukesha, Manitowoc and Washington counties.

The present facility has been described as not more than a “jail for teenagers,” and is almost windowless. One lady, 16-year-old Maricella Chairez, dedicated suicide there in December 2017.

Racine County had beforehand proposed two areas for the $43 million Youth Improvement and Care Middle. The primary location was a 2-acre spot within the Metropolis of Racine, on the former Brannum Lumber property on Taylor Avenue throughout from the county’s Dennis Kornwolf Service Middle. The Racine Metropolis Council strongly opposed that location; the Racine location additionally would value hundreds of thousands greater than initially anticipated on account of environmental cleanup the county was initially unaware of when it purchased the land.

The second location, the now-approved location, is close to the northeast nook of Batten Worldwide Airport, 3239 N. Inexperienced Bay Street. The ability is to relaxation inside an approximate 29-acre parcel with a big pond and wooded space. This spot has not been well-received by close by residents.


One of many native residents, Shannon Coey, had publicly voiced his opposition to the middle beforehand, and spoke in entrance of the County Board on Tuesday to lift questions.

“What is the profit for Caledonia? The Metropolis of Racine does not need this. Why would Caledonia?” Coey requested. “Different questions have been posed by residents, and that’s, what crimes have these juveniles dedicated? What occurs if a juvenile escapes?”

County Govt Jonathan Delagrave addressed this query later within the assembly by stating there have been zero escapes within the virtually 25 years the present Kornwolf Middle facility has been in operation.


Tamara Sandberg, Batten Worldwide Airport director, mentioned her employees had productive conversations with Delagrave and Company Counsel Michael Lanzdorf to debate reservations concerning the proximity of the detention middle to the airport facility.

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 The airport can work cooperatively with the county to protect the enterprise’ potential to function, increase and keep secure airport operations, she mentioned.

“We’d like to precise our because of him (Delagrave) for his dedication to make sure that the mission doesn’t place any undue constraints on the longer term wants and safety of the airport,” Sandberg mentioned. “We respect that dedication … to take our enter into consideration and embrace us in essential planning issues referring to the constructing designed.”

Officers’ feedback

Through the assembly, there was loads of dialogue by County Board members and different county employees.


Delagrave reiterated that, as he’s acknowledged earlier than, there’s no “good” place for this facility, “however what is ideal is our rationale for needing this facility.”

“We have had only in the near past a lot of points in our group,” he mentioned. “Though juvenile responses and points are down, we actually nonetheless have a methods to go to get to our objective of zero detentions.”

Michael Lanzdorf


Lanzdorf informed the board that the danger of inaction is critical; inaction may jeopardize the $40 million state grant already approved by the County Board. The county additionally wouldn’t obtain an extra $750,000 annually for development.

He additionally mentioned it will value the county roughly $6.3 billion annually to ship Racine County youth to different services. The 2022 price range has already been set to incorporate prices for the Caledonia youth middle.

As well as, ranging from scratch to arrange and safe a brand new website, in addition to involving the general public, takes “quite a lot of time, as evidenced by this course of,” Lanzdorf mentioned. “We’d discover ourselves having to begin again at sq. one, versus standing able to proceed with the development when the time was proper.”

Q.A. Shakoor II mug


District 6 Supervisor Q.A. Shakoor II, whose district consists of the Metropolis of Racine and who voted in favor of the decision, listed the opposite Racine County detention services and mentioned there’s been no opposed impact across the areas on housing, property worth, security and enterprise. Professionals and residents across the county preserve folks secure, he mentioned.

Kelly Kruse


District 10 Supervisor Kruse, who voted in opposition to the decision and whose district consists of the Caledonia website, mentioned she agrees the $40 million grant is an efficient alternative, however “I do wish to be the voice of the constituents of Caledonia,” she mentioned, noting no resident desires this facility of their yard. “I’ve heard from tons of of them personally, through calls, emails, the listening session … I might do a disservice to District 10 if I didn’t communicate for them. They’ve clearly issues.”

Donald Trottier, Racine County Board supervisor


District 12 Supervisor Don Trottier, an actual property agent whose district consists of components of Mount Nice and who voted in favor of the decision, mentioned although there’s been issues about declining property values because of the constructed middle, that that might occur, “however it gained’t.” He primarily based that assertion on properties on ninetieth road between Freeway 11 and Freeway 20, that are close to a jail and he mentioned have offered between $250,000 to $350,000, thus displaying no have an effect on on property values.

District 17 Supervisor Grove, who voted in opposition to the decision, mentioned he nonetheless thinks the Racine website on Taylor Avenue can be higher. Grove’s district consists of the northwest portion of Caledonia.

“Sure, it has some challenges to it, however I believe we are able to overcome them, as an alternative of spending one other million {dollars} on one other property,” Grove mentioned. “I talked to many Caledonia residents, and I can not discover anyone in favor of this location.”

John Wisch


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District 15 Supervisor John Wisch mentioned his constituents are moreover not in favor of the Caledonia website. Wisch’s district covers the northeast portion of Caledonia.

“My neighbors don’t want this growth, and I’ve to assist them,” Wisch mentioned.

District 5 Supervisor Jody Spencer mentioned quite the opposite, she’s spoken with constituents who’re affected, and so they’ve been supportive of the Caledonia facility. Spencer’s district borders the Caledonia website.

Robert Miller


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District 11 Supervisor Robert Miller emphasised that the middle is not going to look or function like a typical jail, slightly it can seem like a “mixture faculty and medical clinic.” Miller’s district additionally consists of components of Mount Nice.

“Sooner or later, I believe we had been all troubled youth, with issues, with difficulties, however most of us had sturdy adults who steered us in the best route. This facility is for troubled youth who do not have these adults,” Miller mentioned.

Delagrave mentioned he sees each side; there’s “good motive” to assist or oppose the Caledonia website.

“I do know this carry is heavy, and I do know it’s heavier for some than others,” Delagrave mentioned. “The county’s been left in a troublesome state of affairs. It is a mandated service that we have to present, and the way we offer that to our at-risk youth exhibits us what sort of county we’re what we attempt to be.”

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