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INDIANAPOLIS (July 14, 2014) - A $30 million project will improve access to IUPUI and renovate the Natatorium, officials said Monday morning.

Mayor Greg Ballard and IU President Michael McRobbie joined officials from the Lilly Endowment and other organizations to detail the plan, which will include improvements to nearby roads, crosswalks and bike lanes.

"We need great spaces around these great anchor institutions. IUPUI and the IU health complex are some of the biggest drivers in city but reaching them isn't exactly easy," said Mayor Greg Ballard.

Indianapolis will spend $10 million for the project, with the money for road improvements coming from the Downtown TIF.

Under the plan, the city will turn Michigan and New York Streets into two-way streets from West Street through campus and across the bridge into Haughville. Those streets and the area of West Street between them will be renovated to include safer pedestrians crossings and sidewalks, bike lanes, specialized lightning, new signage, public art, grass medians, trees and rain gardens.

"It was something that when we spoke about it with neighborhood associations and the neighborhood residents they were very excited and said we've been wanting this for 40 years," said Tom Morrison, IU's Capital Planning Vice President.

Indiana University will invest $10 million to renovate the Natatorium; the Lilly Endowment will match that. Improvements will include a new roof, heating and cooling system, pool filtration, lighting, skylights and other repairs. The changes will be complete before Indianapolis hosts the U.S. Olympic team diving trials in 2016.

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