Wayne County receives five bids to develop controversial jail site

(WXYZ) DETROIT - As Wayne County loses money each day the jail construction project stays halted – the county has received five bids for the property.  The proposals are from:

-Rock Ventures, owned by Dan Gilbert

-Triple Properties Detroit, which manages the Penobscot Building

-CGL Companies, a Miami-based company that offers "facility development solutions"

-Rose Auction Group,a real estate auction company

-Todd Fenton, a former Wayne County EDGE employee

The County stopped construction on the new jail after learning the project was $91 million over it's $300 million budget.  Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert expressed interest in the site, and executives associated with Gilbert's Rock Ventures say having a jail in the center of downtown entertainment district makes little sense.

County officials are not releasing details of the proposals yet.  They will evaluate the proposals, and present them to the Wayne County Building Authority and the Wayne County Commission sometime in the next two weeks.

The jail has been the subject of scrutiny ever since the 7 Action News Investigators exposed corruption in Wayne County and the current FBI probe back in 2011.

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