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PALMER - Work on what's deemed to be the largest building construction project in the state's history is slated to begin in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough this spring.
Local and state leaders, including Gov. Sarah Palin, celebrated the news of a 450,000-square-foot prison with a ceremonial signing.
Borough Manager John Duffy said the project has been in the works for seven years, covering three administrations.
The medium-security facility will have 1,536 beds for male prisoners.
The borough said this means bringing home many of the 800 or more Alaska inmates who are being held on Arizona facilities.
It also means 600 construction jobs and 350 to 400 permanent prison jobs.