Proposed land swap between county, city another step toward Gilbert’s jail site plan
Wayne County and the city of Detroit have agreed to a land swap that moves the county into better position to forge to a deal with Dan Gilbert for the Wayne County Consolidated Jail site on Gratiot Avenue.
Under terms of the tentative agreement announced Thursday morning, the county would get ownership of a portion of a Detroit Department of Transportation property where Gilbert’s Rock Ventures LLC is proposing to build a new criminal justice complex to replace the half-built jail at the foot of downtown. In return, the city gets ownership of the 1.4 million-square-foot American Motors Corp. site on Detroit’s west side at 14250 Plymouth Road, upon which the county foreclosed in 2015. Wayne County Land Bank had planned to sell that property to a Commerce Township man, but the sale was canceled because he missed a payment deadline.