Regional Jail Authority Purchases Site For Controversial Facility

After several years of planning and controversy regarding state-provided project funding, the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren (RSW) Regional Jail Authority has purchased 13.7597 acres at 6573 Winchester Road in Front Royal for the site of its new RSW Regional Adult Detention Center. Michael Silek, Senior Commercial Specialist with Adams-Nelson & Associates, Inc., facilitated the sale, which closed on August 30, 2010. RSW Regional Jail Authority purchased the property for $915,000 from The Bank of Clarke County Trust Department, Executor of the Estate of Homer Gilliam, Jr., and plans to construct a 375-bed regional jail three miles north of I-66, near Fairground Road in Warren County.

The regional jail project is the result of several years of discussion and planning by Rappahannock, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties to find a workable solution to the problems of overcrowding in county jails.

State legislators voted in April 2010 to approve $32.8 million worth of bonds to pay for up to half of the construction costs for the regional jail, which is scheduled for completion in 2014. The design phase is expected to begin in October 2010 and be completed by September 2011. Officials at the Regional Jail Authority hope to begin construction in 2012 and open the facility in 2014.