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Agency urges complete overhaul of Pan Am Plaza garage

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Indianapolis’ Department of Code Enforcement said Friday it is recommending that the Pan Am Plaza parking garage undergo a complete restoration to prevent further deterioration to the structure.

The department closed the garage on Sept. 14 after citing safety concerns posed by possible structural deficiencies in that area.

Denison Parking, which operates the garage for New York-based owner Dali Associates LP, commissioned a crew to remove the loose concrete and haul it away. The garage reopened on Oct. 1.

At a Friday afternoon briefing, department officials said bracing to support the structure has been completed in several areas, though additional trouble spots have been identified. The bracing must remain in place until repairs are completed, the department said.

Pedestrian traffic will be permitted in the plaza area once the bracing is completed. But until a long-term solution is in place, the plaza will not be available for special events, the department said.

However, the department will review engineering plans for event uses on a case-by-case basis to determine if a particular event can occur safely on the plaza.

Long term, the department is recommending a complete restoration of the parking garage in addition to the installation of a water-management system to protect it.

The 120 parking spaces in the garage affected by the damage will remain closed until further notice, the department said. More than 1,000 spots remain open.

The garage, at Capitol Avenue and Georgia Street, serves patrons of the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium.

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  • Pan Am Building
    Has anyone been to the Pan Am office building. It is empty and dirty. The lobby needs a cleaning. Why are all the businesses leaving the building? Is there something wrong with the building?
  • Inspect all garages
    Let's see - Plenty of trouble at the new downtown public library garage, and now the Pan Am garage. At the leat, any garage architect/engineered by either of these firms should receive an immediate inspection. Could it be the same firm? Not only is structural safety an issue, but ventilation is critical due to carbon dioxide fumes or smoke from fires ie. a car fire. Lives are on the line.
  • The 1st step
    I predict the engneering study to get the garage up to code will be more than the owners will be willing to pay. They in turn will offer to sell the property to the city at a resonable price. The city will finnaly have all the everything it wants to tear every thing down to build a brand new hotel on the last piece of property available for a convention center headquarters hotel.

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