Empty Madison Street Jail will become county office space

Posted at 10:41 AM, Nov 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-15 12:41:20-05

Officials say an empty Phoenix jail will be renovated to serve as the new Maricopa County Attorney's Office.

The Madison Street Jail sat empty for more than 10 years. The last inmate left in 2005 and the county now wants to renovate the building's interior to turn it into modern office space.

The work would cost between $60 and $65 million and is expected to begin next year. It should be complete by spring 2019.

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Clint Hickman says the building is made of concrete and its structure is in great condition. He says it makes sense to renovate the building and reduce the number of buildings the county has to lease than to pay about $9 million to destroy it.