Agency urges complete overhaul of Pan Am Plaza garage

October 7, 2011

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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