Prison Construction Project

Project Timeline

  • In July 2012 the County began a process to assess the current jail needs.
  • A Facility Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study was completed on September 23, 2013 by Crabtree Rohrbaugh and Associates / Sleighter Engineering.

    A site was selected at the Dunbar Township Business Park to build a new facility. It was proposed to purchase 58 acres from Fay Penn at a cost of $1.25million. The site did not include infrastructure such as sewage, access roads or utilities and was subject to zoning conditions.
  • In August 2014 plans were halted after an out-of- county Judge reversed a Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB) decision 2 months earlier. The decision meant the decision of the ZHB was reversed making the Dunbar Township Business Park acreage not usable.
  • On November 21, 2014 the County retained Astorino Designs (also known as Astorino CannonDesign) to evaluate prior studies, determine feasibility of renovating existing jail and/or expand on the existing prison site up to including Phases for future construction for a 400-bed prison.
  • On June 23 2015 Astorino CannonDesign presented the following conceptual design
  • In December 2016 the County retained the services of Carter Gobel Associates, LLC to conduct a Prison Needs Assessment which was completed May 2017.