Federal officials have decided not to open a center for migrant children in Lakewood because of cost and timing issues, the Department of Health and Human Services said Friday.
The 1000-bed facility would have held children who entered the country illegally from central America. Plans to convert a warehouse were announced less than 2 months ago.
“The price tag and timeline associated with the renovations necessary do not meet our need to have a facility ready for use this spring,” said an HHS spokesperson in a statement.
Currently, one temporary shelter is open in New Mexico with an additional shelter in Florida slated to open in late February.