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    Default Gilbert Gets Jail Site - New Criminal Justice Center to Built

    Not much of a surprise. What Gilbert wants Gilbert gets and in this case it is okay with me. How about you?

    Gilbert will pay a sizable chunk of the half billion dollar criminal justice center at Warren and I-75 and get the Fail Jail site and Murphy Hall.

    The new headquarter is a grim-looking semi-brutalist campus. It looks like what it is. A place I would not like to go to.

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    http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...nty-to-get-new

    And since this has been discussed over several threads, I have tagged them...
    Click here for the list of Fail Jail - New Jail threads >>

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    This is the classic definition of a "Win-Win"... County gets the new jail at no major additional expense to taxpayers; Gilbert gets the jail site which will surely be successful for him; and the city get a better development at our eastern entry to downtown; not to mention the donations Bedrock is making to city parks and employee training, plus the commitment to 51% CoD employees are great bonuses. Cities are moving away from consolidating their jails & courtrooms downtown, where land values and demand are very high, so this makes sense in a 20+ year vision of downtown. This should also have some interesting implications for the I-375 removal project, with which Gilbert will now be able to coordinate. I could see his development here really being a new landmark as you enter downtown from Gratiot or 75.

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    Did anyone notice that the jail will be built @ the DDOT admin offices!

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    I agree that this is a win-win. Not only does an additional neighborhood get added jobs to the area, but those jobs should be able to support new businesses in the area as well. Of course Gilbert developing the fail-jail site will most likely mean more development on the outskirts of downtown towards Eastern Market.

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    The renderings look good for the most part, but it's a shame that with the size of the site, they couldn't have put a park for the kids.


    So Gilbert now has all of the justice buildings in Greektown. He plans on doing a development on the fail jail site, and the juvenile jail site. He also plans on renovating the old DPD HQ.

    What is happening with the neoclassical jail, the newer jail, and the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice?

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    Original Gratiot site jail plan, set for completion in mid 2014:

    2,000 beds. $300 million cost. $200 million in bonds obtained in
    2010. Audit showed that about $40 million in cost overruns was
    expected by county execs and this info was not shared timely with
    the Wayne County Board of Commissioners and the Wayne County
    Building Authority:

    https://www.freep.com/story/news/loc...jail/77547072/

    (With appreciation to the Detroit Free Press for its FOIA fight in this
    matter - the county should have been transparent in the first place
    especially with its oversight boards)

    End cost including overruns, lower estimate $270 million;
    highest estimate $391 million - that was for the Wayne County
    jail Gratiot site.

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    It was floated that the Gratiot site was costing Wayne
    County about $1 million a month. 4.5 years times 12
    months per year - that adds up to $54 million total.
    So I do not see how there could be $50 million remaining
    from bonds unless they were earmarked solely for
    construction.

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    So the new jail (presumably without overruns baked in)
    is to cost Wayne County $380 million - there is said to
    be $50 million of bonds allocated to the original Gratiot
    jail that will be available, so then the new bonds to
    be issued look to be $330 million.
    It will be a 2,280 bed jail. There may be additional
    facilities and amenities for that higher cost as compared
    to the Gratiot site projected facility.

    Combined bond total for the two sites could be
    $200 million original plus $330 million new.

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    Sounds like a great deal. But that rendering of the new jail and courthouse complex is brutal indeed. Couldn't they have hired an architect under the age of 70?

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    Well if the county had been damn the torpedos full speed
    ahead for the original jail, overruns and all, it could have
    been finished in 2014 for $391 million bonds.

    The jail that the county will get now will be finished in
    a couple of years for $530 million bonds, including those
    funds misused to partially construct the poorly planned
    Gratiot site project.

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    My bet is on Gilbert turning the Fail Jail site and the (soon to be) former Juvenile Justice Center to the south of it... as the site for the Jack Casino, with other developments planned for the Murphy site, existing Jail site, and redeveloped old Police HQ.

    Gilbert's Greektown Casino is the little kid on the block with only 25% of Detroit Casino revenues.... he wants a bigger share.

    The Greektown Hotel and parking structure will anchor the south side of the future larger casino, and the current Greektown Casino and former Trappers Alley, will be redeveloped into an destination of some sorts to tie the Jack Casoni, Greektown development, Monroe/Randolph and Campus Martius into a large entertainment district.

    It's like what the Ilitch's would like to do farther north... but without the festoon lighting....
    Last edited by Gistok; March-09-18 at 03:36 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dumpling View Post
    Well if the county had been damn the torpedos full speed
    ahead for the original jail, overruns and all, it could have
    been finished in 2014 for $391 million bonds.

    The jail that the county will get now will be finished in
    a couple of years for $530 million bonds, including those
    funds misused to partially construct the poorly planned
    Gratiot site project.
    I believe Gilbert is paying $20 million for the Fail Jail site, so that brings bond total down to $510 million.

    I think we can safely assume with usual government cost overruns that finishing at the Fail Jail site would have cost close if not more than the high end of estimates: $391 million.

    For that extra $120 million (guaranteed not to go higher because it's not on the hook for cost overruns) Wayne County will get a new jail that's 15% larger than what was to be built on the Gratiot site, allowing closure of all 3 current jails, not just the two downtown; offices for the sheriff's department and prosecutor's staff; a criminal courthouse and a juvenile detention facility.

    There is no way Wayne County could have added those jail beds or built those replacement facilities, which it has sorely needed for years, for $120 million. I think that's a fantastic deal.

    Also, in response to another post: the new site is south of Warren, not north, so will not be built on or next to the DDOT HQ and terminal.

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    I am very happy about the existing facilities being replaced or repurposed.

    That's a nice slice of the downtown pie that we know will be humming along in the near future. I hope it's not too tourist trap-y.

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    What are the best guesses as to what this might be?

    Some (half-baked) ideas:
    -Expansion of Greektown Jack Casino
    -Office space
    -Indoor concert venue
    -Large gym (Lifetime, LA Fitness, Soulcycle)
    -Movie theater (Big Sean?)
    -New Quicken HQ/offices
    -Hotel

    Most likely this will be a combo of a few things, office, retail, apartments and a hotel, but wild speculation on the Internet is more fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EGrant View Post
    What are the best guesses as to what this might be?

    Some (half-baked) ideas:
    -Expansion of Greektown Jack Casino
    -Office space
    -Indoor concert venue
    -Large gym (Lifetime, LA Fitness, Soulcycle)
    -Movie theater (Big Sean?)
    -New Quicken HQ/offices
    -Hotel

    Most likely this will be a combo of a few things, office, retail, apartments and a hotel, but wild speculation on the Internet is more fun.
    I would guess this will be a high-end chain hotel. Probably one of the following brands or similar: Intercontinental, St. Regis, Waldorf-Astoria, Ritz Carlton, Autograph Collection, W hotel, etc.

    It just has the look of a regal old building, in a great location for a hotel, and size wise not too big that it would fit well into the luxury hotel category. Maybe it will have a residential component added in as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shai_Hulud View Post
    I hope it's not too tourist trap-y.
    This. And I'll be more specific: I hope it's not an expansion of the casino. Though I imagine Gilbert plans part of it to include that.

    Quote Originally Posted by EGrant View Post
    Most likely this will be a combo of a few things, office, retail, apartments and a hotel…
    That would be great.

    It's an outstanding location. Especially once 375 is gone.
    Last edited by bust; March-10-18 at 12:06 AM.

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    Please bring back the soccer stadium. We are about to lose a chance for an MLS team ... to Cincinnati!

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    Anything that keeps and improves on the existing street grid I am all for! No stadiums, dead parking garages, or casino gaming floors. Given Bedrocks history I have confidence in them doing this right and not making this a "District Detroit 2.0".

    I really don't think Gilbert is too concerned about growing his casino bigger than Motor City and MGM. Doing so would require substantial land commitment as Greektown has by far the smallest footprint right now. Not to mention Gilbert has shown himself to be an idealist, more concerned about being a good corporate citizen than maximizing profits at every single turn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by masterblaster View Post
    Please bring back the soccer stadium. We are about to lose a chance for an MLS team ... to Cincinnati!
    Lol no. Let's keep that bid with Ford Field. No need for another stadium downtown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jakewayj View Post
    Of course Gilbert developing the fail-jail site will most likely mean more development on the outskirts of downtown towards Eastern Market.
    Huge opportunities for the Gratiot corridor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zads07 View Post
    Lol no. Let's keep that bid with Ford Field. No need for another stadium downtown.
    I agree. Why can't Ford Field be used for soccer? It makes no sense to have large, duplicate facilities. Wings and Pistons share.

    WOW, look at how much has changed in eight years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tig3rzhark View Post
    Did anyone notice that the jail will be built @ the DDOT admin offices!
    The press release is misleading. The admin building for DDOT are not currently part of the project.

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    Soccer equals yawn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastland View Post
    Soccer equals yawn.
    And yet it has one of the biggest crowd draws worldwide.

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    Just a guess, but the incinerator is not long for this world.

    Pricey lawyers and judges get garbage slime on their person and their cars...

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