Wayne County jail http://michiganradio.org en Wayne County ponders offer for botched jail site http://michiganradio.org/post/wayne-county-ponders-offer-botched-jail-site <p>Downtown Detroit real estate mogul Dan Gilbert wants to buy the site of Wayne County’s botched jail project.</p><p>Rock Ventures <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131030/METRO01/310300084/Wayne-Co-sues-contractor-154M-over-unauthorized-changes-unfinished-jail">has offered a total of $50 million</a> to build an entertainment district where the half-built jail and other county facilities now sit. Wayne County abandoned the jail project in August because it was hugely over-budget.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:45:31 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15071 at http://michiganradio.org Wayne County ponders offer for botched jail site 1-person grand jury to look at Wayne County jail project http://michiganradio.org/post/1-person-grand-jury-look-wayne-county-jail-project <p>DETROIT (AP) - A one-person grand jury has been convened to investigate whether any criminal activity is involved in the over-budget Wayne County Jail project.<br><br>County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny on Wednesday also banned the release of an auditor general's investigation of the construction project.<br><br>Kenny's order came after a petition filed by Prosecutor Kym Worthy. Among other things, the petition says Worthy's investigation will focus on neglect of duty, conspiracy, fraud and misconduct.<br> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 00:59:12 +0000 The Associated Press 14495 at http://michiganradio.org 1-person grand jury to look at Wayne County jail project State to Wayne County: Scrap half-finished jail project http://michiganradio.org/post/state-wayne-county-scrap-half-finished-jail-project <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Governor Snyder has suddenly jumped into the middle of Wayne County’s jail mess.</p><p>The county has a half-built jail sitting on the outskirts of downtown Detroit. It halted construction on the project in June because it was massively over-budget.</p><p>But now Snyder is<a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130814/METRO01/308140047"> urging the county to scrap the jail</a>, sell the land, and lease space from the half-empty former Mound Road state prison in northeast Detroit. He’s offering it for just $1 a year.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 14:08:26 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 13999 at http://michiganradio.org State to Wayne County: Scrap half-finished jail project In this morning's news: Michigan roads, panhandling laws, and the Wayne County jail http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-michigan-roads-panhandling-laws-and-wayne-county-jail <p><strong>State Senate delays road legislation</strong></p><p>Leaders in the state Senate say that plans to fix Michigan roads aren't likely to appear on the November ballot.&nbsp; Governor Rick Snyder has pushed to raise registration fees and gas taxes to pay for road repairs.&nbsp; Michigan Radio's Jake Neher <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/state-lawmakers-still-far-agreeing-plan-fix-michigans-roads">reports</a> that lawmakers are instead favoring an increased sales tax to raise the money.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Michigan's panhandling ban overturned</strong></p><p>Yesterday a federal appeals court struck down Michigan's ban on panhandling. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit in 2011 on behalf of two Grand Rapids men who had been repeatedly penalized for begging in public.&nbsp; Michigan Radio's Mark Brush <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigans-old-law-banning-panhandling-public-found-unconstitutional">reports</a> the court ruled that "begging, panhandling, or asking for money in a public place is protected as free speech under the First Amendment."</p><p><strong>Fate of new Wayne County jail debated</strong></p><p>Wayne County officials are considering scrapping a half-finished jail construction.&nbsp; Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek reports that Governor Rick Snyder is pushing for the county to stop the project, sell the property, and lease an older state-owned jail facility.&nbsp; The Detroit Free Press also <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130814/NEWS02/308140155/Wayne-County-Jail-and-construction">reports</a> that the Wayne County Building Authority is considering firing the project manager who authorized "more than $42 million in major changes without the needed written approval of the Building Authority." Thu, 15 Aug 2013 11:45:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13996 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Michigan roads, panhandling laws, and the Wayne County jail Would hiking property taxes save Wayne County? http://michiganradio.org/post/would-hiking-property-taxes-save-wayne-county <p>It's no secret Wayne County is in rough financial shape, with an accumulated deficit nearing $200 million.</p><p>County budget officials say a financial review team that could lead to an emergency manager may not be far off.</p><p>Yet perhaps all is not lost: those same budget watchers say the county can still get back on the right track.</p><p>But their solution is about as politically popular as a property tax increase for Wayne County residents.</p><p>Because it IS a proposed property tax increase for Wayne County residents.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 22:11:13 +0000 Kate Wells 13830 at http://michiganradio.org Would hiking property taxes save Wayne County? Five bidders vie for Wayne County jail http://michiganradio.org/post/five-bidders-vie-wayne-county-jail <p>Wayne County has five offers to buy the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/wayne-county-halts-construction-new-jail-amidst-massive-cost-overruns">Wayne County jail</a> property. Construction on the project in downtown Detroit has halted due to increased costs.</p><p>The project has cost the county $120 million dollars since construction began in 2011.</p><p>Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano says the county has two options: it can sell the property and move the jail, or it can find investors to help fund the rest of the project.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 20:10:43 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13618 at http://michiganradio.org Five bidders vie for Wayne County jail