Thursday, April 16, 2015
ROC Owner: City Got A Heckuva Deal
The Indianapolis news media in typical fashion continue to ignore the debacle known as the Regional Operations Center ("ROC"), the 25-year, $20 million lease for the former Eastgate Mall that one city employee described as worse than war-torn buildings he encountered touring a tour of duty in Iraq. At the most recent meeting of the City-County Council's ROC Investigating Committee, committee members learned that taxpayers have shelled out at least $5 million in expenses associated with the ROC facility during its first 28 months of operation, including about $1.6 million in rent. The Ballard administration lied to the council and the public and claimed the City had to build the ROC in order to host the Super Bowl in 2012. Council members also heard from the owner's politically-connected owner, Alex Carroll, who insists taxpayers got "an amazing deal." Watch this brief clip of the council's chairman, Joe Simpson, sparring with Carroll and his attorney, David Brooks, and as Carroll explains the "amazing deal."