City moves forward on justice center at GM stamping plant site

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The city of Indianapolis has announced that a location has been determined for the site of the new Marion County Justice Center.

According to a release, after hosting a number of meetings and consulting with dozens of stakeholders, the city told pre-qualified development teams to start designing the new justice center on the approximately 40 acres in the northwestern corner of the GM stamping plant site.

Officials say this site was their preferred location. Development teams will now start designing plans for the proposed facility.

The justice center will include 34 criminal court/hearing rooms and offices for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Probation Department, feature a 3,500 bed detention facility (an increase of 1,100 from current capacity), 750 community correction beds (250 bed increase), 1,500 parking spaces, and room for future office and facility expansion, officials say.

Plans have been in the works since Dec. 2013. Officials in Marion County said existing jails, courts, and office facilities were aging and inefficient.

Developer teams will submit their bids to the city this summer. Key stakeholders expect to have the team selected to build and manage the facility by the end of 2014.

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