INDIANAPOLIS -- The city of Indianapolis has reached a $4.2 million deal to buy and lease land for a new $572 million criminal justice center.
Mayor Joe Hogsett announced Monday the city had agreed to purchase 140 acres in the Twin Aire neighborhood from Citizens Energy on Indianapolis' southeast side. The city would buy some parcels for $2.1 million and lease others for another $2.1 million.
Indianapolis would take full ownership of the land once environmental remediation work is completed on the site, which once housed a plant that made a solid carbon fuel called coke.
The coke plant encompasses 112 acres at 2900 Prospect Street.
Hogsett unveiled his plan last year for a new jail and assessment center that would replace Marion County's three overcrowded jail facilities.
An estimate, given to the Criminal Justice Planning Council in February, anticipates $9.5 million for the mental health and addiction assessment and intervention center, $195 million for a new courthouse and $365 million for a new, consolidated jail.
The estimate also includes $74 million for potential off-site renovation projects for other agencies.
The City-County Council in 2015 rejected a $1.75 billion criminal justice center then-Mayor Greg Ballard proposed for the old GM stamping plant on the west side.
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