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Sprague site no longer in consideration for state police firing range

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A property in Sprague is longer considered for state police firing range. (WFSB file photo) A property in Sprague is longer considered for state police firing range. (WFSB file photo)
SPRAGUE, CT (WFSB) -

A site in Sprague is no longer in consideration for a Connecticut State Police firing range.

Current state police firing range on Farmington River in Simsbury was built in 1948 and currently has flooding and erosion issues. Eyewitness News took an exclusive tour of the facility earlier this month. 

The only building with working plumbing on the current site had to be demolished this year, due to flood damage.

Troopers have been trying to get a new range since the 1980s. This year, there were public meetings to gauge people thoughts on the idea of a range being built in their town.

However, most Connecticut residents were against the idea of more traffic and unwanted noise. Some residents even crafted petitions against the proposals.

On Tuesday, Department of Administrative Services Commissioner Melody Currey announced that the site on Lee Road would not house the new state police firing range. The Department of Administrative Services is managing the project for state police.  

“Given the proximity to a number of residential properties adjacent to or nearby the Westminister Road parcel, including a review of recent development adjacent to the parcel, we have decided that the site will not be considered going forward,” Currey said in a statement on Tuesday.

Currey said the selection process continues with a site in Griswold as the only location left in contention for the firing range. 

Properties in Canterbury, Hampton, and Voluntown were also considered, but were eliminated in early May, according to Currey. Sites in East Windsor and Willington were eliminated in April. 

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