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Ground broken on Saginaw County's new jail

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday for the new $35 million jail. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

SAGINAW, Mich. – Saginaw County is one step closer to having a new jail.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday for the new $35 million jail.

The new 87,000 square foot building will be built at the intersection of Harrison and Adams in the city of Saginaw.

The facility will house 511 beds and the project will create 200 construction jobs.

County commissioners say the best part of all of this is that it won't cost taxpayers a dime.

"We are not going to the taxpayers of Saginaw County, this won't be on the ballot, we have thanks to the direction of our sheriff said, ‘I don’t want the people of Saginaw County to pay for it, I want Saginaw County to pay for it’,” said county commissioner Cheryl Hadsell.

Construction of the new facility will be completed by late 2019, or early 2020.

The old jail will be torn down for a parking area.

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