Metro police officers were forced to evacuate the east side facility because of ongoing fire concerns. But that hasn't stopped the flow of city taxpayer dollars.
Now, the landowner claims he was given a secret deal that put a chunk of money into his hands up front . . .
It's no secret former Public Safety Director Frank Straub signed the public contract.
"This was not built in the shadow of a box," said land owner, Alex Carroll. "If it was unsafe, why are they waiting a year and a half to say it's unsafe?"
Carroll insists there were plenty of eyes on the deal.
"It was Frank Straub, it was the mayor, it was the City-County Council, it was everybody," Carroll said.
"They all said yes?," asked 13 Investigates.
"They all said yes," Carroll said, emphatically.
Mayor Greg Ballard and his staff don't want to talk about the ROC. The city overlooked the unfinished business there in 2011 and used the site as security headquarters for Super Bowl XLVI.
But Carroll says this lease deal is different. He says the city got a bond and is paying the bank nearly $60,000 a month for rent . . .
Carroll already got a good amount of his money. Now for the first time, he reveals he was paid a secret amount up front by the city to lease the Eastgate Mall property, as part of a confidential agreement.
"We've been paid," Carroll told 13 Investigates.
"Are you saying then that you guys have already received the $18 million?" questioned 13 Investigates.
"It's not $18 million," Carroll said of his share.
That $18 million price tag is what the city will pay for the loan, including principal and interest over 25 years. Not even Carroll thinks that's a good deal.
"It doesn't seem like a very prudent way to spend taxpayer money. We had nothing to do with drafting the lease," he explained.