Proposed new Houghton County Jail on pause until snow melts

HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - The Houghton County Board of Commissioners announced on Tuesday that they will be waiting until the spring to make progress on a proposed new jail.

While the Houghton County Sheriff was not present at the meeting for comment, commissioner Roy Britz shared updates on the project.

The tentative spot would be a chunk of a 23-acre lot for sale off of Evergreen Drive, behind the old Sears store in Houghton.

UP Engineering, the firm looking at the land, is advising to wait until the spring to move forward so that proper land testing can be performed.

A price estimate will not be given until that is done.

Commissioner Britz says by holding off until the spring, they'll also be able to look at state trends in sentencing and figure out how large the new jail should be.

The last projection said the new jail and district court would hold 110 beds.

Residents will have to vote on a new jail before it can be built.