HONOLULU — Hawaii Gov. David Ige has announced the preferred location for Oahu’s new jail.

The preferred site is in Halawa Valley, where the state Department of Agriculture’s Animal Quarantine Facility is located, Ige said.

The site, one of four finalists, was selected as the spot to build a jail to replace the aging and inefficient Oahu Community Correctional Center in part because it is close to the existing Halawa Correctional Facility, Ige said.

The location would make it easier for the existing lockup and the proposed new jail to share services, The Maui News reported .

A consultant hired to identify and evaluate the various sites said the property already is owned by the state, which also helped boost the site in the rankings.

Another consultant’s report earlier this year listed preliminary cost estimates for the new jail ranging from $433 million for a low-rise facility to $673 million for a high-rise jail.


Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.com

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