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Amherst County officials claim commonwealth is abandoning state-owned property

Central Virginia Training Center seeing reports of vandalism

Concerns about negligence at the Central Virginia Training Center
Concerns about negligence at the Central Virginia Training Center

AMHERST COUNTY, Va. – Amherst County officials are voicing their concerns over the Central Virginia Training Center its lack of upkeep by the Commonwealth.

In a letter, the county’s Board of Supervisors expressed its concerns over the negligence of the state-owned property.

“They’re not there to take care of the buildings. They’re not there to take care of the grounds,” said Dean Rogers, the Amherst County administrator.

The Training Center closed in July after a century of service to people with developmental disabilities.

The Department of Behavioral Health & Development Services is currently responsible for the land.

The property includes nearly 100 abandoned buildings, three cemeteries and capped landfills.

And Rogers said it also includes unwanted visitors.

“They’re finding damage inside. It looks like drug use. It looks like some prostitution. We know from experience that derelict structures invite the homeless.”


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