On Tuesday, April 28, 2020 the members of the Pike County Commission voted unanimously in favor to allow architects to move from the schematics design phase to the plan design phase for the new Pike County Jail. The commission also approved a new design for the jail that adds 40 percent more capacity.
Ken Upchurch with TCU Consulting Services told commissioners that the new revised jail design increases inmate capacity from 125 inmates to 175 inmates, adds an additional courtroom, and also adds about 30,000 square feet to the project.
“The changes were made after meeting with user groups and discussing the plans, ” Ken Upchurch explained. Consultants and architects as well as TCU Consulting Services met with each of the departments using the jail to address space, design, and potential growth. These new changes allow the jail to house up to 204 inmates without additional construction.
Also the Commission approved a bid for demolition of the Dunbar housing development, which will become the site for the new jail.
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