Final proposals received for Wayne County jail project

Posted at 7:51 AM, Jun 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-29 11:39:44-04

Final proposals are being considered by Wayne County for an unfinished jail project in downtown Detroit.

County Executive Warren Evans' office says Walsh Construction is proposing two options that include 1,608 beds at a cost of $269 million and 2,200 beds at a cost of $317 million.

Dan Gilbert's Rock Ventures wants to build a criminal justice center that would include a 2,280-bed jail, courthouse and juvenile detention facility.

That project would be on city-owned land north of downtown and cost about $520 million. The county would be responsible for $380 million and the cost of the land.

A recommendation on one of the proposals is expected by late July.

The project started under the previous county administration. Work stopped in 2013 due to the project's cost going over what was budgeted.