A new fire headquarters and a training academy for inner-city teenagers are among a flurry of changes planned by the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety next year.I hope someone keeps the full running tab for what hosting this Super Bowl in 2012 is going to wind up costing Indianapolis taxpayers. It looks to me like we're easily going to surpass the $100 million figure. Absolutely none of these changes will reduce crime, improve economic development or enhance cultural life in this city. It's all about putting on our best face for a group of elitists outsiders who could care less about this city. They'll fly into the city on their private jets--many of them not even bothering to stay overnight--before leaving and urging the NFL owners never to schedule another Super Bowl game in Naptown again. Look how well Detroit has fared since it hosted its Super Bowl game a few years ago. Meanwhile, Fox59 News reports on the record number of water main breaks that have occurred in this city this year, 400 and climbing, because we've chosen to spend billions on sports facilities over the past four decades rather than repair our city's crumbling infrastructure.
The department also will move its Emergency Operations Center to an abandoned mall at Shadeland Avenue and East Washington Street and relocate two hard-to-find police stations -- the East and Downtown district offices.
Public Safety Director Frank Straub said the moves are designed to bring city services closer to residents, prepare for the Super Bowl in 2012 and harness economic development . . .
The city also plans to move its fire headquarters from 555 N. New Jersey St., abutting the popular Mass Ave. cultural district, to the shuttered IPS School 97 at 1401 E. 10th. The old building will be rented or sold for commercial development.
Fire Station 7, which is on Massachusetts Avenue next to the headquarters, also will move to an undetermined site in the neighborhood.
The John H. Boner Community Center plans to form a company to buy School 97 from IPS and then rehab it for the fire headquarters, Straub said.
Attached to the headquarters will be a new public safety academy for teens. Straub said the academy will give youths an early start at training for a career in police, fire or ambulance work.
"It would be considered cadet training for younger kids and would expose them to these professions," Straub said.
Also next year, the Department of Public Safety plans to move the East District from the 2400 block of North Shadeland Avenue to the former IPS School 78 at 3734 E. Vermont St. The current site is in an industrial mall near a busy street.
The new building will be in a more populated area and could stimulate commercial development.
Finally, the city plans to move the Downtown District to Union Station from 25 W. Ninth St . . .
"That puts it in the heart of Downtown, which is preferable anytime but especially for a big event like the Super Bowl," Straub said.
Monday, October 04, 2010
It's All About One Super Bowl Game
Once again, our city leaders are demonstrating that they will make us pay any price, bear any burden and meet any hardship when it comes to hosting one f____ing football game at Lucas Oil Stadium in February, 2012. "Indy shifting police operations to prepare for '12 Super Bowl" reads the headline of a story by John Touhy in today's Star.