Ballard to make criminal justice center announcement Friday

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INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 11, 2014) – On Friday, Mayor Greg Ballard will announce his administration’s choice of contractor to build the city’s proposed $500 million criminal justice center.

"We're just happy with the decision we think it's a good decision, a lot of people involved but we'll find out tomorrow," said Mayor Ballard.

The proposed center at the former General Motors Stamping Plant on Oliver Avenue near the White River will house the Marion County Jail, the sheriff’s office, the court system and other criminal justice facilities.

The city set a $50 million annual ceiling on its costs, claiming the new center will be revenue neutral as expiring leases, less manpower and diminished transportation will pay for the facility.

Three international contractors filed their final proposals just before Thanksgiving.

Since that time evaluation teams made up of stakeholders and advisors have examined the proposals, which total tens of thousands of pages plus renderings and digital submissions.

The mayor set a Dec. 21 deadline for announcing the winning bid. Friday’s announcement will move up the original deadline by nine days.

Stakeholders from various criminal justice agencies and representatives from the winning bidder will join Ballard for Friday’s announcement.

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