Which plan for a new jail should Wayne County go with? See the details on proposals from Dan Gilbert and Walsh Construction. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press

A tentative deal to swap the massive former American Motors headquarters in Detroit in exchange for 11 acres of city-owned land needed to build a new criminal justice complex near I-75  has been reached— bringing the $520.3-million offer from billionaire developer Dan Gilbert’s Rock Ventures, one step closer to fruition.

The agreement between Wayne County and the City of Detroit comes after officials told the Free Press last week that negotiations were ongoing and both sides were optimistic an agreement would be reached soon.

The deal also pushes forward an effort by a group led by Gilbert and Pistons owner Tom Gores to build a 23,000-seat stadium on the unfinished Gratiot jail site to host a Major League Soccer team. The investment has been estimated at $1 billion. The application for an expansion team filed in January listed only the jail site as a location.



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