A proposed $30.8 million expansion of the existing Franklin County Jail/911 facilities will incorporate 47,000 square feet of new construction with extensive renovations and strengthening of the existing structure.
According to designs presented to the Franklin County Commission and the public this week, only a small portion of the current building housing the jail, sheriff’s department and 911 center will be untouched.
The largest and most costly portion of the project will be a $19,586,000 inmate housing unit to expand east on the current property.
Plans propose a 41,000-square-foot, two-story building that would include 250 long-term beds and additional space for 22 more.
This portion of the project would include multiple secure day rooms, two- and four-man cells and ADA-approved cells.
New booking, prisoner intake/transport, maximum security and medical facilities will be part of the addition, as well as a housing control area for guards to monitor prisoner movement.
Another 6,000-square-foot addition will be placed on the opposite side of the building for a new 911 facility.
The $2,859,000 addition will include space for 12 dispatch consoles, two supervisors and a new earthquake, flood and tornado-proof emergency operations center.
In addition to the new expansions, seven areas of the existing facility will be renovated to accommodate the expanding sheriff’s department staff and emergency management agency.
These renovations are projected to cost $3,274,000.
A major result of the renovations will be reincorporating the narcotics division back to the sheriff’s department headquarters.
Due to current space constrictions, the drug unit is currently housed at an off-site location in Krakow.
To complement the new addition, a major portion of the existing jail will be renovated, including the kitchen and other support services areas.
The next largest area to be renovated and enlarged will be used for evidence storage and will include a laboratory and garage for vehicle forensics.
The road patrol and detective divisions will be enlarged and renovated, and will include a war room, offices, armory, interview rooms and more than 30 individual workstations.
More than $5.1 million in “soft costs” have also been budgeted in the overall $30.8 million construction costs.
To pay for the jail expansion/renovations the county is proposing a half-cent “Proposition P” sales tax estimated to generate $6 million per year.
If passed by county voters in April, $3 million per year will go toward construction costs and the other $3 million will supplement law enforcement salaries at the sheriff’s department and will be filtered to each municipal police department in Franklin County.
If Proposition P is approved, the architectural design phase of the project will take place between May and December of next year.
Formal bidding for the construction and renovation contractors will be done in January and February of 2019, and construction would begin in March 2019.
The projected completion date would be fall 2019.