Demolition underway for old MCSO jail in Phoenix

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The now-former Madison Street Jail is being turned into office space and demolition started on Wednesday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The now-former Madison Street Jail is being turned into office space and demolition started on Wednesday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
During the ceremony, county leaders used a robot to demolish parts of the former jail. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) During the ceremony, county leaders used a robot to demolish parts of the former jail. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The offices will be for County Attorney staff, which are currently spread out among several buildings. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The offices will be for County Attorney staff, which are currently spread out among several buildings. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The jail had been empty for more than 10 years. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The jail had been empty for more than 10 years. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

An old jail for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is being remodeled.

The now-former Madison Street Jail is being turned into office space and demolition started on Wednesday.

During the ceremony, county leaders used a robot to demolish parts of the former jail.

Once the demolition is done and the building is remodeled, it will provide with 263,595 square feet of office space next to Superior Court facilities.  

The offices will be for County Attorney staff, which are currently spread out among several buildings.

County leaders said it'll be much more efficient to be in the same space.

"As a county, that fiscal responsibility and approach, taxpayers value, we can be proud that has that particular type of approach," said County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

The jail had been empty for more than 10 years.

The $60 million renovation project should be finished within the next two years.

Leaders said the new office space in a building already owned by the county will cut down on lease payments to other buildings.

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