INDIANAPOLIS – Employees are moving back into the Regional Operations Center effective immediately. The ROC will be open in time for the Indy 500. Emergency operations personnel will be the first back inside.
The controversy surround the building was front and center at a court hearing Tuesday afternoon. A change of venue hearing was held in Marion County Circuit Court. The judge took the case under advisement and will issue a ruling by the end of the week.
The City-County Council took the city to court over a request for documents related to the ROC lease. An investigative committee requested the documents but City-County Councilman Joe Simpson said the request remains unfulfilled. He was frustrated by what happened in court, calling it a delay tactic.
“So what are they hiding is what I’m saying at this point,” said Simpson.
At one point the judge offered to address what he called “back and forth” issues related to the request. The city’s attorney said he was not prepared to discuss that matter at the time.
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 facility was deemed unsafe last September and all employees were moved out. Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said the safety concerns have been fixed.
“I’m the individual that ordered everyone out we have taken this very seriously, we looked into it. The good news is we’re looking forward, we’re looking to the future and we’re saying this is going to be our home for the next 20 plus years,” said Riggs.
Detectives will begin moving into the building next week and the IMPD East District will move in within the next two or three weeks.