- $1.5 million to Bingham, Greenebaum Doll for legal services, the former law firm of Ballard's likely Democratic opponent in next year's mayoral election, Joe Hogsett;
- $4.7 million to Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, Inc. ("HOK") for project development services; and
- $3 million to KPMG Corporate Finance for financial services
All signs point to the Ballard administration screwing the public over as badly as taxpayers in Long Beach, California were screwed over through a nearly identical P3 project to build that city's 31-room courthouse a few years ago. Interestingly, KPMG served as financial advisor on that project that critics complained could have been undertaken at a much lower cost using traditional capital project financing means for public buildings. Long Beach's courthouse cost about $340 million to build, about $160 million more than it should have cost according to a legislative study, but will cost taxpayers close to $2.5 billion over 35 years. Meridiam, one of the three finalists under consideration by the Ballard administration, was awarded the Long Beach P3 contract.
HOK, which designed the new terminal at Indianapolis International Airport, bid on the Long Beach P3 project but lost out to AECOM. HOK, by the way, played a key role in getting the Indianapolis Airport Authority board to hire Mario Rodriguez as the airport authority's new executive director, the same position he held in Long Beach while HOK was performing expansion work at Long Beach's airport. The P3 project will wind up costing Marion County taxpayers close to $4 billion if Long Beach's experience is any indication. Subcontractors identified in HOK's contract include more Ballard campaign contributors, including American Structurepoint, Ross & Baruzzini, Camacho Associates, Wiley & Associates and Wight & Company.
UPDATE: The IBJ's Scott Olson has an article discussing the anticipated exodus of commercial office tenants in downtown following the relocation of various criminal justice agencies into the planned criminal justice center:
At a time some large downtown law firms are cutting back on space, the proposed criminal justice center will gut the downtown office market.
Moving the Marion County prosecutor and public defender to the new center at the former GM Stamping Plant southwest of downtown will alone shift 130,000 square feet.
Add in the 590,000 square feet occupied by jails, traffic court and arrestee processing center and the downtown core is on track to empty a total of 720,000 square feet—roughly equivalent to the entire OneAmerica tower.
City officials claim the moves to the new justice center will add only about 1 percentage point to the existing 20-percent downtown vacancy rate. But Jon Owens, an office broker at Cassidy Turley, isn’t buying it. He said the vacancies could account for three times the amount city officials predict.
With a total of 10.5 million square feet of downtown office space, the removal of the prosecutor and public defender offices alone will move the needle 1 percentage point, Owens said . . .One group of people you won't hear bemoaning the loss of commercial office tenants is the downtown mafia. That's because they've already cut deals behind closed doors to divide up the prime real estate being vacated, particularly by moving the two county jail spaces and arrestee processing center. They will be gifted the property, along with tens of millions in tax dollars to redevelop the property for projects that are already on the drawing boards just waiting to be rolled out at the appropriate time. Your entire city-county government is nothing more than an organized crime racket fueled by bribes, payoffs and kickbacks. They operate with immunity because both federal and state prosecutors provide protection to all of those in on the racket.