Wayne County Commission Rejects Mound As Site For New Jail

October 9, 2014

The Wayne County Commission has rejected the site of the former Mound Correctional Facility as a location for a new county jail. The girders for a new Wayne County jail still sit unfinished along Detroit’s Gratiot Avenue, after construction was halted when the project ran almost $100 million over its projected cost. Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert offered to buy the jail site and other properties near the Greektown area-- including the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice -- to create new retail and hotel space. County officials said a new jail could be built on the side of the old Mound Correctional Facility. But the Wayne County Commission has voted to eliminate the Mound site as a possibility for a new jail. Some County Commissioners say it makes sense to have a judicial district in Detroit’s downtown though, for his part, Gilbert called the idea of welcoming those entering the city with the sight of a massive jail an “outrage.” The county’s former Chief Financial Officer and the assistant corporation counsel have been indicted for allegedly lying to the Commission about the cost of a new jail.