Wayne County Commission creates task force to look at county's failed jail project

DETROIT (WXYZ) - The chair of the Wayne County Commission has appointed a special task force to look into the the county's failed jail project.

"The Commission needs to know how this happened, what went wrong and who's responsible," said task force chair Kevin McNamara, D-Belleville, in a statement.

McNamara will head a 5-person task force that includes Commissioners Alisha Bell, D-Detroit, Richard LeBlanc, D-Westland, Laura Cox, R-Livonia  and Tim Killeen, D-Detroit.

"The processes that occurred were corrupted and so these processes need to change in order for this to never happen again," McNamara said.

The county's Building Authority is considering what to do with the jail site, where construction was halted earlier this year after it was revealed that the project was on track to be $91 million over its $300 million budget.

Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak said the 5-person task force will also take "an independent look" at what the county should do next with the project site.

The county's Building Authority is currently weighing a series of proposals that range from building a soccer stadium to a mixed-use development pushed by businessman Dan Gilbert.



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