Widgets Magazine
  • Possible locations for new County Jail

    In June 2022 Oklahoma County residents voted to approve $260 million in bonds to build a new detention center.



    The existing facility is located on the western edge of downtown Oklahoma City and since it opened in 1991 it has been plagued by plumbing and flooding issues, escapes, and multiple deaths.

    Earlier this year, the county solicited proposals for a new site for the jail. The criteria included being located in Oklahoma County, consisting of 40 to 80 acres and no closer than 1,000 feet of any public or private elementary or secondary school.

    Once a new location is selected and a new facility constructed, it is expected the existing jail would be demolished and the 7 acres redeveloped.

    On the agenda for the April 25th meeting of the Citizens Bond Oversight Board and 9 locations that are being considered (the 1-10 numbering is directly from the published agenda):

    1. 59 acres of land located at 17501 NE 150th Street and offered for sale by David and Toni Hennessey;

    2. 69 acres of land located at the northwest corner of I-35 and Britton Road and offered for sale by Oakes Technology Park, LLC;

    3. Between 80 and 132 acres of land located south of the intersection of Midwest Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard and offered for sale by the Ted Eckroat and Pat Eckroat Revocable Living Trust;

    4. 71 acres of land located at 1901 E. Grand Boulevard and offered for sale by Willowbrook Investments LLC and Garrett & Company Resources LLC;

    5. 63 acres of land located at SE 29th Street west of the Kickapoo Turnpike and offered for sale by Tsalagi Development LLC, Randy Goodman, Managing Member;

    6. 89 acres of land located at NE 10th and I-35 and offered for sale by the Commissioners of the Land Office and the Oklahoma City Water Trust;

    7. 133 acres of land located at 5500 Lincoln Boulevard and offered for sale by the Commissioners of the Land Office.

    8. 51 acres of land located on the southwest corner of Portland Avenue and Memorial Road and offered for sale by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

    10. 192 acres of land located between South Newcastle Road and SW 54th Street and offered for sale by the Oklahoma City Airport Trust.










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