Elevatus Architecture Features Renderings of Possible New Allen County Jail
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) – The process of building a possible new Allen County Jail is moving slowly. On Thursday, the commissioners got their first glimpse of what a new facility might look like.
Elevatus architect Cory Miller presented his plan for the possible new jail to Allen County commissioners on Friday morning. Although a location for the possible new prison was not chosen, this did not prevent him from working on this plan.
On Friday, Miller showed off some concept designs for the new facility and explained his ideas for building it. The plan included three areas: housing, medical services and mental health.
He says the housing modules will be designed in the shape of a pie. There will be approximately 250 beds from a centralized staff observation area. Miller says each pod would have easy access to recreation space and classrooms unlike the current downtown jail. At present, inmates must be escorted downstairs to the recreation area.
Next, Miller says he is focusing on medical services. Currently, inmates must be escorted out of prison to a hospital for any type of treatment. The new prison plans would include an on-site medical clinic.
A final important concept that Miller and the commissioners focus on is mental health. Miller says there will be a separate section of the prison for people dealing with mental illnesses. He says the cells and recreation space will be designed to help them. There will also be a program at the prison for treatment.
The location of the possible new prison has not been decided. The commissioners have yet to reveal the four locations they are considering.
We will keep you posted.
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