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It's Coming Down: Demolition To Start Soon At Failed Wayne County Jail

July 06, 2018 - 9:10 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - After years of contention, the eyesore that is the "fail jail" in Detroit is finally slated to come down.

The partially finished Wayne County Jail project is being taken down after businessman Dan Gilbert purchased the property to build a billion-dollar mixed used development. Demolition is expected to start this summer. 

The unfinished 2,000-bed jail is an eyesore across from the county courthouse in Detroit. Construction stopped in 2013 because the project was wildly over budget, with cost overruns totaling more than $90 million.

Gilbert initially intended to put a soccer stadium on the downtown site in an attempt to lure an MLS team to town -- but those plans seem to have been put on hold.

In a deal with the county, Gilbert has agreed to build a $533 million criminal justice complex at East Warren Avenue near the I-75 service drive. A groundbreaking is expected this fall and the complex is expected to open in 2022.