RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond is marking a new milestone Friday.
It's been a long time in the making and city leaders say it's time to finally build a new jail.
The Sheriff's Office says conditions for both the inmates and the staff are poor and the city says it needs to do something about it.
The state, along with taxpayers, will foot the bill for the $134 million facility.
The Virginia Board of Corrections approved the city's plan in December.
But it didn't come without some controversy.
Some city council members were concerned over who would construct the building and how much it would cost — but the mayor urged city council to vote before the process cost taxpayers any extra money.
Right now, city leaders agree the jail has poor living conditions and it's overcrowded.
The new six story building will go up behind the current jail.
The existing building will also undergo some renovations.
The ground breaking will start Friday afternoon at the site of the new jail on Fairfield Way.
We'll bring you all the updates as construction begins.