Meeting on location of new city jail

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A heated debate continues over where Richmond City will build a much-needed new jail. One council member is fighting to keep it out of her district and is hosting a meeting to discuss.

The meeting will focus on a proposal for the jail to be built at the Philip Morris Operations Center site at Bells and Commerce Roads.

Earlier this week, word came that two of the six groups vying to build the new jail have been disqualified, and those weren't the only words during a lively exchange at a lunch meeting between the mayor and City Council.

There are four proposals for a new city jail under consideration. Details on two have leaked out including a proposal for a jail in the Bellemeade Community off Commerce Road and at an old Phillip Morris building.

Councilwoman Reva Trammell challenged the mayor to detail the other proposed sites, but Mayor Dwight Jones says he doesn't know because the proposals are being vetted by a special committee appointed to review the plans.

He also said that revealing the locations now would hurt the process.

If you'd like to attend Thursday's meeting, it will be at the Satellite Restaurant and Lounge at 4000 Jefferson Davis Highway from 6pm until 8pm.

It could take up to 6 months to vet the remaining proposals.

The mayor will make his recommendation, but City Council will have the final say.

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