Emergency operations to move into embattled ROC ahead of Indy 500

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 20, 2014)– The troubled Regional Operations Center will be used by emergency operations in time for the 98th Indianapolis 500.

The ROC, located at 200 N. Shadeland Avenue, is used to coordinate emergency plans for large-scale incidents at major events.  The 76,000-square foot facility opened up just before Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.

The building has been criticized for its cost and several safety issues. The city’s 25-year, $18 million deal for the east side police headquarters and command center has been plagued with false starts, faulty workmanship and fire hazards.

The building was evacuated last September due to a lack of firewalls, though construction has begun and police and public safety employees could be back in by race day.

Public Safety Director Troy Riggs told FOX59 employees will start moving into ROC as soon as Tuesday night.