BALTIMORE — Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday got behind the controls of a backhoe to ceremoniously complete the demolition of the Baltimore City Detention Center.
The troubled jail was ordered closed in July 2015.
Demolition began following a Board of Public Works vote in October 2019 and was expected to take 14-months at an estimated cost of $27.5 million.
In total, 39 structures on the 8-acre property were demolished, many of which stood prior to the Civil War.
Future plans are to build a new 325,000 square-foot therapeutic treatment center on the property, to treat up to 1,400 residents dealing with mental health and substance abuse.
That's expected to be built over the next 10-years at a cost of $450 million. The State has tapped CGL Companies to handle the design and construction consulting.
The former Jail Industries building, is expected to be repurposed and incorporated into the project.