$30M plan announced for IUPUI natatorium

INDIANAPOLIS - The IUPUI natatorium will undergo a $20 million renovation that officials say is aimed at keeping it a world-class swimming facility.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Indiana University President Michael McRobbie joined other officials Monday in announcing renovation plans for the 32-year-old building that has hosted numerous major swimming and diving events.
A recent inspection found the 32-year-old building needs $18 million in repairs. That includes needs for a new roof, new lighting, a new HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system and more.

For months, Ballard has been pushing for the city to give IU at least $10 million for the repairs.

City-County Council Democrats have objected, however, saying the state or the University should foot the bill.

IU and the Lilly Endowment will each contribute $10 million toward the natatorium project. The city will spend $10 million to improve major streets through the campus.
The street improvements include turning both Michigan and New York streets into two-way roads.
The natatorium project is to include a new roof and repairs to the heating-and-cooling, pool filtration and other mechanical systems. Most work is to be finished before the U.S. Olympic diving trials are held at the natatorium in 2016.
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