New Grant County Jail

Welcome to the Central Services "New Jail" blog, which is intended to provide general information to the public and stay up to date on the progress of the new jail.

The creator of content for this blog is the Central Services Director, Tom Gaines. I will endeavor to keep this updated often but currently have no exact timeline for posting updates. You can subscribe to the blog here and select this blog under the "blog" category. By subscribing, you will receive notifications whenever I do provide updates.

You may contact me directly at the County Courthouse, 509-754-2011 extension 3276, with questions or concerns, and I will gladly try to answer any questions one may have. It is intended to provide public information for a project that could have a significant and positive impact on the community. Members of the public are always invited to contact the elected official for their district and voice concerns if they so desire.

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Feb 18

Answering a few questions

Posted on February 18, 2022 at 12:31 PM by Tom Gaines


After purchasing the property and the news broke that the County now owns the raceway, we have received calls from residents who want to access the site and remove things so they can remember it. The track holds special memories for many residents, including some who work here in the County.

We have numerous issues. The track has been abandoned for many years and is not the safest place to walk around looking for things (that mostly no longer exist). Gangs have tagged numerous areas of the concession stands, and the doors have been broken, the surrounding fence pulled down in one area, there are exposed electrical wires, and the ticket gates have also been broken into and vandalized. We found a box of old trophies, mostly broken in half by vandals. The kitchen areas and bathrooms were also broken into and showed signs of illicit activity. Much garbage is dumped in the area on the track site and the adjoining parcel, and because of this, we can't allow folks to wander around out there.

The County has a lot to do with the site before we can begin construction. We will soon perform a boundary and topographic survey to ensure the parcel's exact points and determine easements for access roads. A geotechnical survey to determine bearing capacity for building foundations, a cultural survey, and we are working on a cleanup plan. This work takes time to complete, and all of it must be completed before performing any actual construction. There are numerous other "hoops" the County must jump through successfully before construction begins, and as we work through those processes, we we will discuss them in this blog. Please stay tuned as we move forward, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly, but forward.