Denver (AP) A businessman's appeal has slowed plans to nearly triple the size of a privately owned and operated immigration and customs enforcement detention center in the Denver suburb of Aurora.
Anthony Paradiso owns a dog daycare center near the federal facility. Aurora has scheduled a hearing on his appeal for June 2nd, giving opponents a chance to air concerns about what they call a speculative venture.
The Aurora ice processing center currently has 400 beds for suspected illegal immigrants picked up in Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and Utah. The geo group, which owns and runs the prison, is working on a $72 million, 11-hundred-bed expansion.
The geo group says the expansion, to be completed by October 2009, will address federal agencies' need for detention space around the country.