The new, 10-year agreement is estimated to save taxpayers about $1 million over the course of the lease, and takes effect at the end of the year, said Justice Theodore Boehm, who has led the negotiations process for the state court.
This agreement means divisions of the Supreme Court, such as the Indiana Judicial Center, Division of State Court Administration, Board of Law Examiners, Continuing Legal Education, and Disciplinary commissions, will move into about 71,000 square-feet of space in the property at 30 S. Meridian. It's part of the 99,000 square-feet Lilly is abandoning this year and is currently owned by Kite Realty Group.
Those operations - along with the Indiana Tax Court and six of the 15 Court of Appeals judges - are currently housed in the National City Center. Justice Boehm said the tax and lower appeals court have their own leases and do not have to make the move.
Features that will help the Supreme Court operations are the larger amount of space that can accommodate growth, and a larger conference facility that can be especially useful for the Judicial Center's seminars and conferences. It's a slightly longer distance from the Statehouse, but has direct access through the Circle Centre Mall that can be beneficial on cold or bad weather days, he said.