City gives ultimatum to IMPD's East District Roll Call landlord after health, safety risks continue
City: Building violates more than 100 codes
Last Updated: 130 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - The city of Indianapolis has issued an ultimatum to the landlord and lender of the Metro police East District Roll Call building.
The city, through its attorneys, fired off the ultimatum letter three weeks ago, accusing the landlord of ignoring repeated requests to make repairs and finish construction.
The letter accuses the landlord of violating more than 100 local, state and federal building codes that constitute a hazard and a danger to city employees.
"There could be ongoing issues if we don't correct HVAC issues," said Valerie Washington, with the Department of Public Safety. "So, it's something we're concerned about for future safety. And we want to work with the landlord to try and correct that so we don't have safety issues with our staff."
Even though Metro police and public safety agencies moved in one year ago, East District Roll Call remains a work in progress.
The building has cracks in the walls, broken floor tiles, exposed wiring and doors that don't fit and leak when it rains.
But the building also has dangers invisible to the naked eye.
In September, employees began complaining that air quality issues at East District had made them sick, prompting inspections by the state and local health departments.
An outside, independent property assessment of the building reported working conditions that "constitute a hazard and a danger to employees."
And taxpayers, not the landlord, remain on the hook for nearly $100,000 in expenses because questions about the fire suppression system forced the fire department to post around-the-clock safety officers at East District.
"Normally, when I post a fire watch on a property, it is on the building owner to maintain and pay those things," said Fred Pervine, deputy chief fire marshal with the Indianapolis Fire Department.
The city has given the landlord an ultimatum to finish construction or it will vacate East District.
"It has caused quite a bit of issues," Washington said. "And Director Riggs and I are both very concerned about the safety hazards for our employees. We're fortunate that all of these issues are out in the forefront and we're hopeful we can get them corrected."
Public safety officials said they'll seek reimbursement for the cost of maintaining the fire watch.
The city is in negotiations with the landlord to establish hard deadlines for completing the work.
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