The Building Authority issued a new bonds in the amount of $5,150,000, with Van Buren County funding a additional amount, to construct an addition and make renovations to the County Jail in downtown Paw Paw. Construction commenced in March of 2017. The General Contractor is Miller-Davis Company of Kalamazoo. Features of the project include:
A new booking and holding area to comply with current best practices for correctional facilities.
Expansion and reconfiguration of inmate cells to allow decommissioning of outdated inmate area in the adjacent old jail.
Updated security system.
New and replacement roof for the entire jail building.
Major lighting and electrical upgrades.
Other modifications to improve staff utilization and efficiency.
Project construction and occupation are complete; only management of a replacement reserve and the outstanding debt balance remain. The bonds will be fully paid on October 1, 2036.