Sedgwick County will try to sell former boys ranch again

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Sedgwick County commissioners will try for the second time to sell or lease the former Judge Riddel Boys Ranch.

The county commission closed the home for troubled boys in 2014 after a dispute with the Legislature over funding to operate it.

The ranch provided educational and other social service programs for troubled juvenile boys.

County officials said Tuesday they will write a request for proposals for real estate developers and nonprofits to determine interest in the 38-acre property near Goddard.

The Wichita Eagle reports the county tried before to lease the ranch but did not receive any proposals. The property has sewer and air-conditioning problems and might not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The county hopes to have a draft request done by mid-February.



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