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Orange County wants new master plan for 33rd St. Jail

Orange County is developing a new master plan for its jail system, which is one of the state's biggest.
Orange County is developing a new master plan for its jail system, which is one of the state's biggest.(Frank Weber RF Photography.com /)

Orange County is seeking bids for the development of a new master plan for its jail facilities, so it can get an idea of current and future needs for the system.

The Orange County Jail is on 76 acres at 2450 33rd St., near the intersection of 33rd St. and Thurgood Marshall Boulevard.

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Bids for the master plan are being accepted until July 16.

The jail complex is made up of seven housing sites, a booking and release center, a video visitation center and a work release center. The facility ranks as the third or fourth largest jail in Florida by inmate count depending on the day. Its oldest building dates back to 1972.

The county is acting "to help develop proper planning for the organization, which includes to prepare for the maintenance of it physical structures," said Orange County spokeswoman Carrie Proudfit. "It is hoped that this process will also identify any unanticipated needs in the interest of being proactive."

The county's bid documents also say the project is being undertaken "to provide for the needs of Orange County as it continues to grow."

The plan will cover the next five to 10 years in five year increments. The goal is to make recommendations regarding facilities and operational needs and provide master planning options that address short and long term requirements for the jail system.

The plan developer will be tasked with coming up with and organizing a historical records database to be used as the basis for projections.

The developer will develop inmate population projections and bed space projections in five year increments through 2025, and review operational mandates and guidelines.

A space needs analysis and a facilities condition assessment will need to be done.

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The master plan will include a comprehensive overview of the current and future status of the jail's capacities and needs, identification of the most pressing facilities needs, strategies, solutions, scope, budget and schedule for addressing those needs.

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