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Mayor recommends GM stamping plant site for justice complex

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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's office said early Thursday afternoon that the former General Motors stamping plant site just west of downtown will be the location named in a request for proposals to develop the criminal justice complex. The project is meant to bring together and consolidate Marion County criminal courts, jails and related offices and agencies.

In a release issued Thursday, the city says that no site has been officially selected.

“It’s clear that the land previously occupied by the GM Stamping Plant is the best choice in terms of cost, accessibility and available space needed for this project,” said Ballard in the release. “We have listened to a lot of stakeholders in the process of coming to this recommendation. This project offers an opportunity to greatly improve the delivery of criminal justice services at a lower cost and without raising taxes.”

Ballard's office also said that it would hold three public meetings to gather input about the complex. The first of three public meetings will be 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Mary Rigg Center, 1920 W. Morris St., and will focus on the GM site. A second meeting will be Wednesday to discuss the airport site, and a third will be hosted by the City-County Council on March 24.

The GM site is one of two sites identified in a study conducted by the city as the most suitable for the complex; the other site is undeveloped land at the Indianapolis International Airport near the Hendricks County line. But concerns arose about accessiblity to the complex if it ended up near the airport.

IBJ.com has more about the potential sites for the criminal justice complex.

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