The three finalists to develop and operate a new Marion County Justice Center at the former downtown GM stamping plant have submitted their final proposals. The city of Indianapolis has set a limit of $50 million per year for the project, which will include a 3,500-bed detention facility and dozens of court and hearing rooms.
November 24, 2014
Indianapolis, Ind. — The City of Indianapolis received the final proposals from three bid teams vying for the Marion County Justice Center project. The three bid teams include Indy Justice Partners, Plenary Edgemoor Justice Partners and WMB Heartland Justice Partners.
The project calls for the relocation of the criminal courts and detention facilities, including adult jails, inmate processing and specialized health and mental facilities, into one campus. Offices that currently house probation and community corrections also would relocate to the new complex. Offices for the prosecutor and public defender will follow.
“From day one, our plan for building a new, modern justice complex has required proposals that improve the safety and efficiency of our facilities, but without a tax increase,” said Adam Collins, Deputy Mayor of Economic Development for the City of Indianapolis. “We appreciate the work of the bidding teams, our partners and the community for their input and patience to help us reach this critical milestone, while enabling us to protect the interests of our taxpayers.”
The bid teams submitted proposals in response to the City's Request for Revised Proposals (RFRP), which included specifications on the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the consolidated justice center facility. The RFRP also included the City's stated annual affordability limit of $50.047M, an important factor to ensure the project can be completed within the existing agencies' budgets.
A bipartisan committee of multiple stakeholders from the Marion County Sherriff’s Office, Marion County Criminal Courts, Marion County Prosecutor's Office, Public Defender’s Office, Community Corrections and other City officials will evaluate each proposal over the next several weeks.
A preferred developer group will be selected by December 23, and information about the bids will be released at that time. The preferred bidder's proposal will then be introduced to the City-County Council and the Board of Public Safety in January.
The City will also continue to hold public meetings to receive input from members of the community throughout the approval process.
Additional information about the Marion County Justice Center, including the final RFRP, is available at www.indy.gov/JusticeCenter.
Source: City of Indianapolis