Wayne County gets new criminal justice center, Rock Ventures gets downtown site

By Wendell Bryant
Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT On Thursday, Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans applauded the approval of the definitive agreement with Rock Ventures to construct a new criminal justice center on East Warren Ave near the I-75 service drive. The Wayne County Commission approved the agreement by a vote of 14-1, clearing the way for work to startin the fall. The vote comes the day after the Wayne County Building Authority also approved the deal.

Work on the $533 million complex could start this fall. It is expected to be completed in 2022.

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, Evans said. We desperately need these new facilities and shovels cant get into the ground soon enough.

The deal includes a 2,280-bed jail, sheriff and prosecutor offices, criminal courthouse and juvenile detention facility.

Wayne County will invest $380 million in the project. Rock Ventures will cover the remaining costs and any overruns. In exchange, the company will get the sites of two current jails, a juvenile detention facility and county courthouse.

Detroit-based Rock Ventures also will get the site of an unfinished county jail project where it plans a major, mixed use development.






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