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The city of Indianapolis Tuesday morning announced three development groups that will be invited to submit proposals for a new criminal justice complex.

Five groups initially responded to the city's call for candidates to build the facility, which would relocate and and consolidate county jails, criminal courts and other related offices and agencies from disparate locations in the southeast quadrant of the Mile Square. The project is expected to cost $200 million to $400 million.

The short list includes:

— 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.

— Plenary Edgemoor Justice Partners, led by equity members 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.

Two groups were eliminated: Metro Justice Partners, led by HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions North America Inc. and Brookfield Financial Corp.; and CGL Justice Partners, led by CGL Management Group LLC, Macquarie Capital Group Limited and local developer Browning Investments LLC.

The city has not named the building site but anticipates doing so before issuing a request for revised proposals, scheduled to come in April. The revised proposals would be due from candidates in late summer. The city would then select a preferred group and submit the project for approval to the City-County Council.

The city contracted with CBRE to do a market survey, which identified Indianapolis International Airport property near the Hendricks County line as the leading candidate. The airport site is off Washington Street east of Raceway Road. 

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  • Complex Needs to be Downtown
    I really hope logic prevails here. Having the complex in the middle of town gives access to everyone, with or without cars. The criminal justice industry supports many square feet of office leases as well as restaurants, shops, etc.. downtown. I am tired of people pushing to move this out to the airport, saying that the apartments and tech start ups will easily back fill the space. That's just not going to happen. Airport site would create a long-lasting drag on the occupancy and vibrancy of downtown that has been such a long time in the making!
  • 13 blocks east
    Go 15 blocks east on Washington St. and there is ample room for what the city needs-- vacant land and vacant buildings that could be removed and the whole area redeveloped that's just 5 minutes from the heart of the city.
  • What is we legalize marijuana?
    Do we really need a new complex? When we legalize or decriminalize marijuana will we still need a new complex? Or, would we have so many fewer people being charged with nonviolent "crimes" that we could keep using our present complex. What if we followed Washington, DC by enacting a local ordinance providing for a fine of $25 or $100 for possession of marijuana?
  • Brizzi
    it's just too bad Brizzi still in the prosecutor, I'm sure he would be able to pick a good friend...I mean suitor for this project.
  • hmm
    I can see both good and bad of the airport. However, we have spent years building our Downtown up. I hate to see not expand to the old GM area keeping the lawyers and criminal justice center here. Let's face do we need another place the middle class can't afford to buy tickets to? If we do then why are we paying the Pacers in a winning season? I think there are still many questions that are begging to be asked.
  • Stay downtown
    Building this at the old airport will cause major problems for the City Market, nearby restaurants, and downtown office buildings. Indianapolis will be required to fund major improvements to and new routes for bus service. With IPD gone to the west side, and with them their patrol cars, there will be fewer police downtown, eventually leading Indy to be less safe and therefore less attractive to visitors and local revelers. This proposed move to the west side holds few positives, and many negatives, for Indianapolis and all of Marion County.
  • RE: MKResident
    MKResident, there is no room for public conversation in this issue when crony capitalism is at work. Sadly, I believe that the decision has already been made to locate on the Hendricks county line in order to appease one of the mayor's largest campaign donors (CCA).
  • What is your site preference?
    I do believe that having a strong law-based-business presence is required in the central core. Jurors and lawyers need lunch, and restaurants in the central core need that traffic. Lawyers offices that are downtown bring office workers downtown, and increase occupancy. (If at the airport, how many lawyers will relocate out-of-county due to lower taxes, and equal distance to the justice center?) How about a site that is downtown, but off to the edges... such as McCarty street between West street and the river? Sure, a state warehouse-quality building is currently there, but in the grand scheme... What do you think? A public conversation should be sparked.
  • CBRE Conflict of Interest?
    CBRE has identified the Airport site as 'preferred' for criminal-justice complex http://www.ibj.com/airport-site-identified-as-preferred-for-criminal-justice-complex/PARAMS/article/45960
  • $500 Million of Red Flags
    This RFQ is already raising red flags. Lets see the two eliminated bidding groups & proposals. Why were they eliminated from the competitive RFP bidding? Those documents are now open public records. The cities RFQ scoring of these bidders is also now open to public inspection.
  • Request For Qualifications Eliminates TWO, But Not CBRE?
    "It's quite curious that CB Richard Ellis was permitted to bid on this project.." http://advanceindiana.blogspot.com/2014/03/ballard-administration-releases-three.html
  • Location
    If the justice center is built on the Hendricks County line, we will know in no uncertain terms that corruption has overtaken Indianapolis government. There is absolutely no reason for that location except to line the pockets of the Mayor's contributors.
  • Small businesses
    I have concerns about the small businesses near the courts and jails after they move out of downtown.
  • Justice Center
    Everyone knows a Justice Center is needed. No one but a few profiteers favors the location on the edge of the old airport property near the county line.
  • Im glad They listened!
    See what happens when a good idea resonates throughout the leadership of The City. "More Jails, Fewer Trails" Now... Pass the hat for Public Safety and I will GLADLY drop a few bucks in to support a new Jail and Court Complex.
    • Not happy with the #1 Site
      The Hendricks County/Washington Street site is a poor location. It is not easily accessible. The old terminal location (off of 465)is a much better choice. It is easy to get to and would promote business growth in Marion County.
    • Terrific
      This idea is awesome and I love it. Good to see Indy do something correctly on occasion. Get this stuff out of downtown. What will become of all these abandoned jails?

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