It's the first steps towards possibly building a new Lucas County jail.
Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp and county commissioners met Wednesday to review facility needs, as they listened to the beginning steps of research to its facility.
The studies will review if a new, refurbished or repurposed facility would provide better services and cut costs.
"We we want to focus on what is called staff efficacy. It's not the number of staff, but also the physical environment to allow staff to do their job well," said Jeff Falzon, a senior architect at the meeting.
Officials have been looking into options since last year after the county commissioners voted unanimously in April to hire a consulting company to do the research.
Built in the 1970s, the Lucas County Corrections Center in downtown Toledo encountered issues of overcrowding, leaking pipes and broken-down elevators.
The study is expected to be completed by the end of the year.