Lake County Stores and Restaurants Worried Local Prison Closure Will Hurt Area Business
The closing of the North Lake Correctional Facility in Lake County is having a far reaching impact beyond the prison gates — and right into many bottom lines. After sitting vacant for years, the prison was renovated and re-opened back in May. Restaurants and shops nearby saw a huge boost this summer as the prison added dozens of workers. Now, they're going to be left without some of their most reliable clientele. One business owner in downtown Baldwin is really feeling the hurt after moving up north just for this opportunity. 9&10's Evan Dean and Photojournalist Joel Deaner have a look at the impact the prison closure will have on the area.