Marion Superior judges this week will visit two suburban Chicago criminal justice complexes as Indianapolis officials proceed with plans to build a jail and criminal courts complex west of the downtown mile square.
About a half-dozen judges are expected to take a day trip Friday to tour the DuPage County Courthouse and Administration Building in Wheaton, Ill., and the Kane County Judicial Center in Geneva, Ill. Judges previously visited the new Wake County Justice Center in Raleigh, N.C.
During a meeting of the general term of Marion Superior judges Monday, Kurt Fullbeck from the office of Mayor Greg Ballard told judges that the timeline for a Marion County criminal justice complex remains on track.
Ballard and Marion County Sheriff John Layton back a proposal to build a criminal justice complex on a portion of the former General Motors stamping plant west of White River and south of Washington Street.
Fullbeck said the three short-listed project candidate teams have undergone industry reviews and the city expects to release an official request for proposals this month. That would keep the project on track for a final proposal to be presented to judges and the City/County Council this fall.
While the project has no official price tag, officials have said it’s likely to cost several hundred million dollars. Officials expect savings from elimination of inefficiencies and duplication of services would fund the cost of the building.