Commissioners Green Light Deal With Gilbert to Build New Jail  –  Deadline Detroit

The unfinished Wayne County Jail.

Wayne County Commissioners on Thursday voted 14-1 to approve an agreement with Dan Gilbert’s Rock Ventues to construct a new county jail and criminal justice center on East Warren Ave near the I-75 service drive in Detroit.

“I applaud Chairman Woronchak and the Commission and Building Authority for their due diligence, and ultimately their support of this deal, which was the best value and path forward given the circumstances,” Wayne County Executive Warren Evans said in a statement. “We desperately need these new facilities and shovels can’t get into the ground soon enough. Heading into summer, Wayne County is on its best financial footing in quite some time. It’s only fitting that we’ll see that unfinished Gratiot jail torn down soon.”

Under the deal, Rock Ventures will build a new $533-million criminal justice center. The County will invest $380 million in the project with Rock covering the remaining costs and any overruns in constructing the center. 

Preliminary work is expected to start this fall on the new criminal justice center site and be completed in 2022, a press release said.

As part of the deal, the unfinished Gratiot jail, which Gilbert will develop, will be demolished.

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