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County Jail Facilities to Relocate, Expand in Rural Columbus

COLUMBUS (Terri Sullivan/Kate Liebers) -- County Commissioners took the first steps toward building a "public safety campus" in Franklin County.

The development could transform the now-rural landscape of West Columbus near Fisher Road.

The county plans to build a new jail in the 23-acres of farmland. The new facility would replace the jails downtown and at Jackson Pike.

The morgue, currently on the Ohio State University medical campus, would also be transferred here. The new morgue is to be twice as large as the original.

A half-cent sales tax hike that went into effect at the beginning of the year is to help fund the $200-million project.

County officials said the Fisher Road area would see major updates, including wider streets, sidewalks, and improved lighting.
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