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Archive for Saturday, May 18, 1996

COUNTY PINS DOWN COST OF NEW JAIL

May 18, 1996

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Douglas County officials now have a full accounting of the costs associated with building the new jail.

As they move closer to completing the design for the new Douglas County jail, architects now are estimating that the facility will cost $16,713,965 when it opens in 1999.

Dan Rowe, project manager for Michael Treanor Architects, said that total includes items missing from previous, lower estimates.

``That difference is almost entirely in the site cost,'' he said.

Rowe estimated that the decision to buy a 22-acre jail site east of Lawrence, rather than build the facility on county-owned land adjacent to the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center, added about $1 million to the price tag.

At the new site, which is located off Kansas Highway 10 and south of the LRM Industries asphalt plant, site-related expenses total $246,400 for the land and $395,800 for utility and road extensions, as well as $577,410 for site preparation.

The total cost also includes a $785,000 construction management fee for Universal Construction Co. of Kansas City, Kan., and $1,088,235 in architectural, programming and engineering fees.

Rowe said bids for construction will be opened in December with actual work at the site scheduled to begin in January. Construction is expected to take 20 to 24 months.

On Wednesday, the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission will hear the county's request to have the jail site annexed into the city of Lawrence and rezoned as a planned industrial development. The property is now designated for agricultural uses.

The annexation request, which must be approved by the Lawrence City Commission, was triggered by a state law that requires the county jail to be located within the city limits of a county seat.

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