Residents in Richmond’s East End are opposing the city’s plan to build a $137 million jail at the site of the current facility there, reports the Times-Dispatch. The residents say they’re puzzled by Mayor Dwight C. Jones’ decision to proceed with the existing 7-acre site when larger tracts in more-industrial areas appear to be available. “Where they are now, they are landlocked, and [officials] don’t seem to understand that,” said Edward Shearn Jr., president of the Eastview Civic League and a 50-year resident of the neighborhood.
With jail planning approaching a more-detailed phase, the City Council has asked the Jones administration to explain its decision to choose the current site over ones offered in South Richmond. They were included in unsolicited conceptual proposals submitted this spring under the Virginia Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act. Only portions of the proposals have been available for public review.