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City evaluating Criminal Justice Complex proposals

Dave Stafford
February 21, 2014
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A representative of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard told Marion Superior judges Friday that the site of a proposed Criminal Justice Complex is still under consideration, as is who might be considered to build the facility.

Kurt Fullbeck, a project manager with the city bond bank, briefed the Marion Superior Executive Committee on the project for which the city received five responses to a request for qualifications earlier this month. The city has declined to identify respondents.

“We’re happy with the responses. We’re ecstatic about the quality of the responses,” Fullbeck said. He said no decision had been made as to where the facility for criminal courts, jails and court-related offices would be located.

“We’re continuing to do due diligence,” he said.

A city-sponsored market survey identified land near Indianapolis International Airport as the preferred site, but the proposed location has drawn criticism from judges, lawyers and residents.

According to the city’s procurement schedule, a short-list of prospective developers will be announced March 4, revised proposals would be due by in August, and a preferred developer would be selected in September. Work is expected to begin early next year with opening scheduled in 2018.

Meanwhile, five judges are expected to tour the Wake County Justice Center in Raleigh, N.C., on Wednesday. That 11-story, $180 million facility housing criminal courts and county functions opened last year across the street from the Wake County Courthouse.

 

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