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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

New Spokane County Jail locations purposed

The Spokane County Commissioners have brought back up the discussion on where to build a new jail for Spokane County to help with age and overcrowding at the current jail off of Monroe St. just a few blocks north of Downtown Spokane.

As you may recall the commissioners had picked a location back in 2010 on land nearby the I-90 exit for Medical Lake,the reason for bringing the issue back up is because Spokane International Airport has come to County offering up a site on land they own off of Geiger Blvd. closer in to Spokane. The board would like to consider taking the land for a jail but must first ,under state law, follow thru with a full site selection process. The Board of Commissioners have identified the land near the Airport has the number 1 option but will explore all possiblites.

Other potential new jail sites Spokane County will consider include...

- The site which is at 1900 W.Geiger Blvd nearby the Spokane International Airport
-A site nearby Spokane International Airport on Electric Ave & Soda Road
-A site at the corner of Sprague Ave. and Russel Road in Airway Heights
- A site in Spokane Valley on Tschirley Rd near Euclid Ave.
-A site at McFalane and Craig Rd.
-A site at Grove Rd. and 5th Ave
-A site along US Route 2 near Campus Dr on the West Plains
- A site at Lawson and 21st Ave.
-A site along Flora Rd. in Spokane Valley
and a site along Wilson St in Mead

The Medical Lake site also remains in the running for the new jail site but was explored fully in 2010 and will most likely not be studied in this round. The county hopes to have a new site selected by early December. No word on when a new Spokane County Jail might be built on one of these sites.