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Wayne County Jail Construction

Postby Andy » Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:06 pm

Will the Rosa Parks Transit Center Construction thread get jealous over this? Let's see how long it takes to build a jail.

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Re: Wayne County Jail Construction

Postby Mulligan » Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:40 pm

Are any Beatle-spouse saplings being harmed in the making of this lockup?
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Re: Wayne County Jail Construction

Postby Ansel Rakestraw » Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:56 pm

Is that netting on the Metropolitan to catch falling debris?
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Re: Wayne County Jail Construction

Postby Toolbox » Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:53 pm

Ansel Rakestraw wrote:Is that netting on the Metropolitan to catch falling debris?



It's to keep the interpretive urban storytellers form throwing shit out the windows.

What was that guy screaming the day he tossed all the shit out of the building????
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Re: Wayne County Jail Construction

Postby Ansel Rakestraw » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:41 am

Toolbox wrote:
Ansel Rakestraw wrote:Is that netting on the Metropolitan to catch falling debris?



It's to keep the interpretive urban storytellers form throwing shit out the windows.

What was that guy screaming the day he tossed all the shit out of the building????


Something about being the Mayor. My favorite part is that he just walked out cool and calm as can be, thinking he would blend in. Almost made it too until citizens yelled.

Also, I got a parking ticket because they yellow taped off the block and then cited the cars that were parked in a crime scene.
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Re: Wayne County Jail Construction

Postby Andy » Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:15 am

Ansel Rakestraw wrote:
Toolbox wrote:
Ansel Rakestraw wrote:Is that netting on the Metropolitan to catch falling debris?



It's to keep the interpretive urban storytellers form throwing shit out the windows.

What was that guy screaming the day he tossed all the shit out of the building????


Something about being the Mayor. My favorite part is that he just walked out cool and calm as can be, thinking he would blend in. Almost made it too until citizens yelled.

Also, I got a parking ticket because they yellow taped off the block and then cited the cars that were parked in a crime scene.


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Re: Wayne County Jail Construction

Postby Andy » Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:40 am

I'll post new pics every 7-10 days.

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Re: Wayne County Jail Construction

Postby Andy » Thu May 02, 2013 10:00 am

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Re: Wayne County Jail Construction

Postby Andy » Wed May 15, 2013 10:09 am

Catching up from last Thursday the 9th.

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Re: Wayne County Jail Construction

Postby Andy » Sat May 18, 2013 7:14 pm

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Re: Wayne County Jail Construction

Postby Ansel Rakestraw » Mon May 20, 2013 8:52 am

Not a whole lot of progress visible. # weeks to put up a masonry wall and finish some small cast in place walls? I really hope there is more going on that is blocked from this view.
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Re: Wayne County Jail Construction

Postby Andy » Mon May 20, 2013 9:54 am

I was planning on heading over there this weekend to get some closer shots but that fell through. Hoping to be able to do that soon. I'm sure I could get some good angles.
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Re: Wayne County Jail Construction

Postby Exciteable » Mon May 20, 2013 4:25 pm

From 375, it looked like a few pre-cast "pods" were sitting on the second floor this weekend.
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Re: Wayne County Jail Construction

Postby Andy » Thu May 23, 2013 10:29 am

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Re: Wayne County Jail Construction

Postby Andy » Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:35 am

Wayne County is working on a deal with the state to bail itself out of its wildly over-budget new jail project and instead take over and renovate a state prison in Detroit.

The jail construction on the northeast side of downtown is already 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.

But cost overruns threaten to add $65 million to $100 million to the approved price tag of $200 million, and Wayne County doesn't have that money. The county has asked its architects for a new design that would reduce capacity to 2,000 beds from 2,192 to shave costs.

"They're in way over their heads," a high-ranking source in the Snyder administration told me Sunday. Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano declined to comment.

So the state is offering up its abandoned Mound Road prison in northeast Detroit, where the city of Detroit is also building a new detention center for prisoners.

The hope is that Mound Road could be renovated and built out for an amount that would allow the county to stay within the $200 million bond issue it sold to fund a new jail. The county commission authorized up to $300 million in bonds for the project, but the state has no confidence that the county, with a $125 million budget deficit, can repay that much.

The state offered Wayne County a similar deal two years ago, before construction of the new jail began. At that time, all the state wanted was $1.5 million to pay off the outstanding debt on the Mound Road prison. But Ficano turned it down and went ahead with building the downtown facility.

Detroit-based Walbridge Aldinger Co. is project manager of the jail construction, along with DCK Worldwide of Pittsburgh.

When I called John Rakolta Jr., head of Walbridge, last night, he said he couldn't talk because the contract he signed with Wayne County forbids him from talking with the media about the jail, a provision I've never heard of before in a taxpayer-funded project.

A second Snyder administration source said the Mound Road takeover hinges on finding an alternative use for the partially built jail. Talks are under way with Greektown Casino's new owner, Dan Gilbert. The casino doesn't necessarily need the land, but isn't crazy about having the jail as a neighbor. If the property were to go to Greektown, the county would have to remove what's been built so far. Any such deal also would likely include the old jail, which is adjacent to the property and would be torn down.

The jail project has been a fiasco for Ficano. The money shortage has already forced him to push back the opening beyond the original September 2014 date.

And even if it is completed, the jail may not be large enough to fulfill its mission of replacing the three existing Wayne County lockups. The total number of inmates in custody today exceeds the revised 2,000 capacity of the new jail.

It's an embarrassment for scandal-plagued Ficano, who is heading into next year's re-election campaign with the likelihood of facing, for the first time, a legitimate challenger in Westland Mayor William Wild.

Had he agreed to take over Mound Road when he first had the chance, county taxpayers would be $100 million to the better. Now he has to explain to them why he thought spending twice as much on a new facility was a smart decision.

And county taxpayers would be spared spending up to another $100 million on a new jail that's rapidly becoming a white elephant.



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2013 ... z2V90G0rfY
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