News City Announces Four Potential Jail Sites
posted by May 6 at 14:45 PMon
Earlier this afternoon, the city announced it has whittled a list of 35 potential jail sites down to just four. The four potential sites are located in Haller Lake, Interbay, Highland Park—just southwest of Georgetown—and in West Seattle, near the reservoir.
Due to overflow problems at the King County Jail (KCJ), the city must build a new jail by 2012 to hold people for DUIs, domestic violence and other charges which require mandatory incarceration.
The city has determined it will be safer and more cost-effective to build a one story jail—as opposed to KCJ, which is about 10 floors—and they’re also looking for a seven-acre space outside of residential zones, near a major arterial. The city plans to begin the design phase for the jail sometime in 2009.
Of the four sites, Haller Lake seems an especially likely candidate. The Seattle Police Department’s North Precinct has been sinking over the last few years, and there’s been talk at the city about relocating the precinct. There’s also been talk of splitting the north precinct into two sites in the next five or ten years.
Of course, this doesn’t mean the Haller Lake site is a sure thing, but it sure would be a way for the city to kill two birds with one stone.