County officials are ready to lock up a name for the new correctional facility.
If county supervisors agree Tuesday, the replacement jail currently under construction in Redwood City will be officially known as the Maple Street Correctional Center. The name is somewhere between the memorial name of the men’s jail — the Maguire Correctional Facility in reference to former sheriff Brendan Maguire who was elected in 1983 and re-elected posthumously in 1986 — and the fairly straightforward Women’s Correctional Complex which houses female inmates, the men’s transitional facility and alternative sentencing bureau.
The recommended name was chosen to denote the historical significance of its location east of Highway 101 and the emphasis on programming, transitional housing and services, according to Sheriff Greg Munks.
The new jail’s address of 1300 Maple St. has already been approved by Redwood City and recognized by the U.S. Postal Service. The 4.58-acre site was previously “Chemical Way” and later called Woodhouse Industrial Park.
The 260,000-square-foot jail is scheduled to open next year. The design includes 576 beds on three stories topped by a warm shell — 40 feet of unfinished space for future expansion — and is aimed at reducing chronic overcrowding at both the men’s and women’s facilities. The dilapidated women’s jail is also plagued by flooding and a lack of space for adequate programming and family visits.
The jail itself is estimated to cost approximately $155 million with roughly $40 million a year in operating expenses. Munks and other county officials are still hoping that up to $100 million in state construction funds will come through.
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