Wayne County Commission to hear presentation on jail project Wednesday

We could soon learn what Wayne County plans to do with the jail site in downtown Detroit.  The Wayne County Commission has announced that a meeting will be held on Wednesday at 2:00pm, and one of the items on the agenda is "presentation of the jail project."

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano stopped construction on the controversial new jail in June after announcing it was estimated that it was going to be $91 million over it's $300 million budget if construction continued on the facility.  State officials want the county to move the jail to the state's old Mound Road prison on Detroit's east side and sell the jail site on Gratiot to a private developer.  The county created a committee to review five bids from various developers.  County officials say members of that committee will be giving the commission and the Wayne County Building Authority an update on the project.

So far Wayne County has spent about $154 million on the jail that's now sitting half-built.  The FBI is investigating the jail project, as well as a one-man grand jury in Wayne County Circuit Court.  7 Action News will be at the meeting on Wednesday and will bring you the very latest.

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