The Delaware County Board of Supervisors is expected to approve the purchase of four acres of land on Manchester’s west end that will be the site of the new sheriff’s office and jail when they meet Monday, June 10.
The land, owned by Gary Von Talge, is located on West Howard St, off N. 13th St. The four acres will cost the county $200,000.
The new jail will be 18,622 square feet and is expected to cost $5.9 million.
Supervisor Jeff Madlom said the site fits everything the county is looking for.
“It has natural gas, water and sewer, everything we need to start up,” he explained.
Madlom said the county is required to have a retention pond at the property due to city regulations. “Gary (Von Talge) has agreed to install the pond to the east of the lot line,” Madlom explained. “That pond will cover not only our property but also lots in the future to the east. Gary is also giving us the dirt from the pond to use.”
Madlom said the site wasn’t one they were looking at initially. “At the original time, we didn’t even know this site was available. We had looked at the industrial park but had four sites come up since originally talking about a new jail.”
Madlom said officials brought in those working on the jail plans to evaluate the new sites. “We brought the consultant and architect to tour the sites. They also recommended this site and agreed it would be the most ideal spot to put the facility.”
Madlom said trains were a concern with a facility in the industrial park.
“If the railroad tracks were blocked, people would have to go clear around the viaduct and back again to get to the jail. Our site now is right off Highway 13 and old Highway 20. Everything just seems to fit here.”
The county will assume possession later this summer. Madlom said building architects are already designing plans for the property. Contractor specifications are also being drawn.
“We anticipate having the footings in place this fall,” Madlom said. “Since the walls of the new jail are precast, we would like them set sometime this winter as weather allows.”
Officials expect construction to take 12–14 months.
“We appreciate everyone who has given us interest in some properties,” Madlom said. “But with a lot of due diligence and a lot of hard work, we think this site is ideal for us.”