Marion County justice complex could add civil courts, city official says

A consolidated criminal justice complex proposed for Marion County could also eventually house civil courts, a city official told judges Monday.

Indianapolis Director of Enterprise Development David Rosenberg said civil courts are not contemplated to move to the former General Motors stamping plant site, but enough space would be reserved that the courts could be relocated in the future.

Rosenberg said the three development teams last week were sent an addendum to the request for proposals due back later this year that addressed design issues raised by judges and other stakeholders. “We think we’ve got the program in good shape,” he told judges of the Marion Superior General Term.

The three teams will be in the city Sept. 23-24 to meet with stakeholders, Rosenberg said, and final proposals are due in November. A recommendation to the City-County Council could come in February or March of next year.

The justice center is expected to cost roughly $400 million to $500 million. City officials have said the public-private partnership model would allow the facility to be built and operated without a tax increase. Efficiencies gained by combining Marion County jail, court and other functions would offset costs over time, officials say.

Marion Superior Probate Judge Gerald Zore suggested moving the courts later would cost more, but Rosenberg said those courts couldn’t be moved initially if the complex is to be built without raising taxes.

Zore asked about the efficiency of separate jury pools at separate locations. When Rosenberg indicated separate pools would be more efficient, Zore said, “You serious?”

Groups submitting proposals are:
•    WMB Heartland Justice Partners, led by equity members Meridiam Infrastructure Indy Justice LLC, Balfour Beatty Investments Inc. and Walsh Investors LLC with major non-equity contributions by Walsh Construction Co. II LLC, Heery International Inc., Cofely Services Inc., Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP; and Dewberry Architects.
•    Indy Justice Partners, led by equity members Fengate Capital Management Ltd., AECOM Global Fund I LP and Shiel Sexton Co. Inc., with major contributions by W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co., Tishman Construction Corp. and Johnson Controls. Frost Brown Todd LLC attorneys are non-equity members.
•    Plenary Edgemoor Justice Partners, led by Plenary Group USA Ltd. and Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate LLC. Major non-equity members are Clark Construction Group LLC, F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co. Inc., HDR Architecture Inc. and CBRE. Krieg DeVault LLP is a non-equity member.

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