County leaders and members of the Fresno County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office broke ground on the West Annex Jail Project this week.
The extension to downtown Fresno’s county jail is expected to open in June 2020. Parking around the site will be limited during construction.
The three-story facility, being built at the corner of Merced and L streets in downtown Fresno, will accommodate 300 beds, according to a joint news release from the sheriff’s office and the county.
The building will also include small- and medium-capacity housing units for different inmate groups as well as a reporting center and laundry service facilities.
The annex jail is estimated to cost about $101.8 million. About $79.2 million of those funds are coming from bonds secured through Senate Bill 1022. The county says it will pay for the rest.
Once the new jail facility is in use, the South Annex Jail built in 1941 will be closed.