INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - It cost $18 million to renovate but now, it's shutting its doors, temporarily. And it's all because of safety concerns.
Indianapolis Director of Public Safety Troy Riggs announced Monday afternoon he would relocate all employees at the Regional Operations Center, located currently at 201 N. Shadeland.
He says ongoing code violations resulted in significant safety hazards: concerns over fire safety.
The Regional Operations Center is located at the site of the old Eastgate Mall, and was leased and opened in 2011 under former Public Safety Director Frank Straub.It currently houses both the city's Dept. of Homeland Security and IMPD's east district.
The ROC is designed to coordinate public safety when it came to the Super Bowl and any large scale event.
Public Safety Director Troy Riggs says he inherited this building when he started in Indianapolis in late 2012.
Code Enforcement found a number of violations in October of 2012.
Riggs created a team to ensure those problems were fixed: 120 different items ranging from tiles not installed in the ceiling, to fire suppression system.
Riggs says he'd been told the building was safe while the landlord worked on that until he asked for a status report.
He says a recent inspection to review that things were being done in a timely manner revealed the building wasn’t safe, in fact it still had numerous fire code violations, like a sprinkler system in the basement and a firewall.
“I cannot be the Director of Public Safety and have someone in a building they deem to be unsafe,” said Riggs.
Riggs says they'll work with the owner's attorney to ensure everything is finally repaired.
“They seem to be very willing to work with us. I don’t want to go to litigation that can go on for years, and quite frankly, we need an operations center,” said Riggs.
The operations center was even used at the fire on Van Buren that broke out Sunday evening.
“We’re still managing that situation today, so now we’re going to have to transition all that out to new location. It’s just a matter of adapting,” said Gary Coons, Director of Homeland Security of Indianapolis. “They’re prepared for this kind of stuff…. prepared for emergencies.”
As for the timeline and what it will cost taxpayers, that remains to be seen.
Officials do plan to move back into the building on Shadeland once the problems are fixed, Riggs says he’ll make sure of it.
“I know I inherited this building, but I think when taxpayers spend money on a building they should get what they spend their money on, and we're going to do our best to make sure that occurs,” he added.
150 workers will now move over the next few days.
Much of IMPD’s east district will move to the training academy at 10th and Post Road. Others will move to Community Affairs at 42nd and Post Road.
Homeland Security will move to the Emergency Operations Center at the airport, which also has the equipment they need.
Based on city inspection reports, the owner of this property is listed under several companies, including Lifeline Data and Live Wire Technologies out of Carmel.
24-Hour News 8 tried to get in contact with the owner, but he did not return our request, or phone calls.
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