Pre-qualified development teams will begin building the design on approximately 40 acres in the northwestern corner of the GM Stamping Plant location.
“The City appreciates the input received from many people and three decades of study on this project,” said Mayor Ballard. “The many stakeholders of this facility agree the GM site offers better access for the general public, can be developed at less cost, and will produce significant private development opportunities in the surrounding area.”
Development teams will now begin designing plans for the proposed facility that will include 34 criminal court/hearing rooms and offices for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Probation Department.
The center will 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 the existing jails, courts and office facilities are aging, inefficient and located in separate buildings. A modern jail would only need half as many deputies to guard inmates as the current jails. The different facilities also require tens of thousands of hours transporting inmates back and forth as well as multiple kitchens, laundry and medical facilities.
Financial experts believe the new center can be funded through the money saved with a modern facility – no tax increase required.
Developer teams will submit their final bids to the City this summer. Key stakeholders expect to identify the team selected to build and manage the facility by the end of the year.