Officials identify preferred location to build new Cuyahoga County Jail and vote on property next week
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cuyahoga County officials overseeing plans to build a new jail have named a preferred site about 3.6 miles southeast of its current location.
The Justice Center’s 12-member steering committee has determined that a shipping container yard at 2700 Transport Road “is an acceptable site” to build the planned $550 million jail, “provided it can be obtained on commercially reasonable terms,” according to an agenda for the meeting. sent Wednesday.
Members will officially vote on the property on Tuesday. As part of the vote, the committee will also encourage the county to “continue its investigation of alternative sites.”
The combined 5.6-acre property is currently owned by UTS Realty, LLC, according to county property records. It was recently valued at $536,900.
The site is one of two known properties the county was considering.
Former Cleveland Councilman Anthony Brancatelli publicly identified her as one of two options being considered after a private meeting last fall with County Executive Armond Budish and Councilman Kerry McCormack, in whose neighborhood the property is located.
At the time, Brancatelli said McCormack “supported this location,” but Brancatelli worried what that might mean for the other frontrunner: an Ohio Job Ready site known as Cuyahoga Valley Industrial Center located in his Slavic Village area.
He objected to the use of his site for the new prison, as did new ward representative Rebecca Maurer. But Brancatelli also denounced a proposed alternative of turning the property into a relocation site for container storage to free up the property in the McCormack neighborhood.
Leaders of Slavic village organizations have also recently spoken out against the plan.
“A container unit is not something that helps spark a bright future,” Earl Ingram, site manager of Saint Luke’s Manor near the Cleveland Clinic, previously said.
Cleveland.com has reached out to Councilman McCormack for comment.
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