Councilman Marty Jewell Not Convinced on New Jail Proposals
Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones is continuing to solicit contractors to offer proposals for a new city jail on the site of the current jail on Fairfield Way, though one councilman wants further details on proposals for alternative sites. Craig Carper reports.
City Council has voted four times to approve the current site for a new jail, though Councilman Marty Jewell says a proposal earlier this year by an unsolicited contractor was a “game changer” by providing alternate sites.
While developers are under gag order not to discuss the details of their proposals, Jewell says he is pushing for a closed-door meeting so that City Council can proceed in the best interest of the taxpayer.
The city has estimated that the cost of constructing the new jail will be 137 million dollars, though Jewell believes some of the proposals may be substantially less.
Jewell: Given this economy, given the fact that there has been a reduction in construction costs because contractors are hurting and they want the business. We could benefit from the economy in that regard if we are truly allowing a competition to take place.
City Council is scheduled to vote on the final proposal in May of next year.
Craig Carper, WCVE News