Cabarrus jail cost could top $100M

Cabarrus jail cost could top $100M

There are 2 comments on the The Charlotte Observer story from Nov 15, 2006, titled Cabarrus jail cost could top $100M. In it, The Charlotte Observer reports that:

First it was $60 million. Then it was $75 million. Now it's estimated Cabarrus County could spend up to $101 million on its new 480-bed jail, 96-bed annex and sheriff's office downtown Concord.

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david christenbury

AOL

#1 Nov 17, 2006
if it takes rsaising my taxes to finish it , then do it and get them off the streets and where they belong. 60 days for 5 dwis and gets to serve on weekends. is that a deterent.i think not.
L Davent

Charlotte, NC

#2 Dec 13, 2006
It sounds like there are two problems:(1) punishments are too lenient and (2) bad foresight in planning the new jail.

Even if the jail does get built and current offenders have a place to get locked up, this won't be the case one and two years down the line as Concord grows in population.

The new jail needs a different, larger location that will allow for adequate expansion. It doesn't have to be far away from downtown, just not sandwiched into such a small space.

There are acres and acres of vacant land on all sides of downtown concord. How about a little reality check for the future capacity needs of the jail.

And how about a little vision for the downtown Concord area. Attorney offices are fine, but visually, all you see right now is bail bonding places and by placing the jail downtown, these types of 'retail tenants' will increase. They will suffocate the new and growing tenants such as bakeries, coffee shops, actual retail stores, restaurants - everything that could make for a nostalgic and vibrant center city. Make downtown a destination for people other than criminals that need bailing out!

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