Will Wayne County Scrap Jail That's Already Under Construction?
June 3rd, 2013, 6:18 AM
This sounds all rather crazy, like a bureacratic nightmare.
Nolan Finley of The Detroit News reports that Wayne County might abandon its under-construction county jail because of excessive cost overruns. It's already spent more than $100 million so far.
In place of that, the city would renovate an abandoned state prison on Mound Road in northeast Detroit. That way, the county would still come within budget.
Finley reports that the jail construction is well under way, "with parts of five floors built and five new cells being completed every day. The county has spent well over $100 million to this point."
He reports that cost overruns threaten to add $65 million to $100 million to the $200 million budget for the facility.