Criminals are going to enjoy the scenic views of lush green fields and trees…. if everything goes according to Lucas County’s new plan.
The Lucas County Commissioners, Tina Skeldon Wozniak, Pete Gerken and Carol Contrada announced the proposed plan to purchase 30 acres of land along Angola Road to create a new Lucas County Correctional Center. The Lucas County Economic Development Corporation has entered into a purchase agreement with the owners of the property, located at 3636, 3772 and 3810 Angola Rd, near S. Byrne Rd. and Airport Highway.
The land is currently being inspected for environmental impact studies and zoning changes, but the county seeks to develop the greenfield property into a new 650-bed jail, intended to replace the current Lucas County Corrections Center, located at 1622 Spielbusch Avenue.
In addition to a location change, the larger facility will be better equipped to handle arrests stemming from the surging opioid epidemic, as well as meet basic needs for community safety— something the current institution cannot adequately provide, according to the Commissioner’s release. Also included in the expansion, the state-funded Community Based Corrections Facility, a recidivism control and job training program, as well as the possibility to add other on-site programs and shared services.
The center will have the potential to generate $145 million dollar if Lucas County residents vote in favor of a new property tax levy during the November election. The levy’s place on the ballot was approved unanimously by the Lucas County Commissioners on Tuesday, July 11— just one day before the July 12 announcement of the new jail’s proposed location.