Jones said the city wants a long-term relationship with Evil Intentions but is starting with a one-year lease that could be reviewed at the end of 2018.
Evil Intentions, Jones said, has expressed interest in using the prison year-round for ghost tours and escape rooms in addition to the haunted house.
Evil Intentions could not be reached for comment.
The view from Statesville
Paul Siegel, who owns the Statesville Haunted Prison in Crest Hill, said making prison space ready for public use could be a challenge.
“I had thought about doing something like this 10 years ago,” he said. “However, the conditions of the buildings – it doesn’t seem like it’s ready for anybody to do business in. There are life safety issues. There are building code issues.”
Siegel, however, said he has not been in the women’s prison building. He toured the main prison on the west side of Collins Street when he was a County Board member and the prison was under consideration for some county operations.