Wayne County Commission meeting set for jail project review

(WXYZ) DETROIT - The 7 Action News Investigators have learned that members of Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano's Administration will be making presentations on what to do with the controversial jail construction project that's been stalled since June.  A Wayne County Commission meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 7, 2013 to discuss the independent review that's been underway to determine how the project got so far over-budget.

The county has spent about $120 million so far on a jail that no longer will have enough beds to close as many old jails as originally promised.  Ficano stopped work on the partially-built jail on June 6, 2013 after learning the project was $91 million over the $300 million budget.

Five different developers have bid on the jail site and surrounding buildings.  Many of them want to turn the area into an entertainment district, and move the prisoners and nearby court buildings to the State's former Mound Road Correctional Facility on Detroit's East Side. 

It is expected the proposals will be discussed at this meeting.

If the county does decide to change locations, they would still have to spend money outfitting the former prison to make it functional as a county jail, which has different prisoner requirements.

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