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Determining Seattle's Municipal Jail Needs

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Seattle is participating in a regional process to possibly site and build a new municipal jail for cities located in north and east King County.
For more information, please visit the North/East Cities Municipal Jail Planning Web site:

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Site Selection
Jail Design Options
Community Input & Outreach
Questions / Comments
Additional Resources


Seattle has roughly four-and-a-half years to site and build a new municipal jail, and realizes this is a challenging schedule. To keep to the schedule, Seattle must identify and acquire a site by mid-2009.

  • Develop Site Options: January 2008 to Second quarter 2009
    • Complete Seattle/Eastside cities feasibility study: July 2008
    • Complete assessment of low-rise vs. high-rise jail cost and operation assumptions: July 2008
    • Issue draft scoping notice for environmental impact statement; seek public comment: Third quarter 2008
    • Issue draft environmental impact statement: January 2009
    • Seek public comment on draft environmental impact statement: first quarter 2009
    • Incorporate public feedback into final environmental impact statement: second quarter 2009

  • Identify & Acquire Site; Architectural & Engineering Design: Second quarter 2009 to first quarter 2010
    • Mayor & City Council identify a preferred site: second quarter 2009
    • City acquires preferred site: second to third quarter 2009
    • Architectural and engineering design: second quarter 2009 through first quarter 2010

  • Bid Construction Job: March 2010 to July 2010
  • Build Municipal Jail: July 2010 to July 2012
  • Get Building Ready for Occupancy: July 2012 to December 2012
  • Municipal Jail Opens: January 2013