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(INDIANAPOLIS) – The opening of Indy’s new Criminal Justice Campus leaves the City-County Building with a lot of empty space.

Moving Marion County’s courts to the new complex means the City-County Building is about half empty. The building’s 25-story center tower is unaffected, but the departure essentially empties the building’s west wing, and part of the east wing.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett says the city may request private-sector proposals for redeveloping the empty space. But he says the first goal is to bring all city government offices back under one roof. Some offices have been leasing space elsewhere.

The Marion County Prosecutor’s office also leases office space, two blocks north of the City-County Building. Hogsett says he’s been talking with the prosecutor’s office about finding an affordable way to exit what he says is a longterm lease to allow a move to the criminal justice complex. A building to house the Marion County public defender and probation offices is already under construction at the complex.