Crews begin taking down city eyesore

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Residents on the city's near eastside are saying good riddance, to one of the city's biggest industrial eyesores.

Monday morning backhoe's began digging into what's left of the old RCA Plant at East Michigan and Lasalle.

Once a source of thousands of jobs, RCA closed the plant nearly 25 years ago, moving operations to Carmel and Mexico.

Since then the abandoned site has become a magnet for crime and blight.

Long-time resident Pat Paff said, "I'm happy it's finally coming down. It's taken a long time, but I'm glad they're making progress and getting thing cleared out."

Suzanne Riojas said demolishing the site will have a big impact on the neighborhood.

Riojas said, "it's just a big eyesore, we’re proud of the eastside. Maybe something good will happen."

Now owned by the city, it's one of several sites being considered for the new criminal justice center.

"Having courts and criminals here, I wouldn't mind that because the criminals would be inside," Paff said.

Rojas was less enthusiastic. "With so much property to be used, I would like to see tiny houses for homeless veterans on some area of it."

The mayor's criminal justice task force is set to announce it's choice for the site by January 31st.

Demolition of the plan is expected to take six weeks.

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