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Super Bowl Host Committee Eyes City Improvements

Civic leaders hope to use hoopla to energize housing, business development


Indy's organizing team for Super Bowl XLVI has begun outlining plans to bring the city a lasting benefit from hosting the game.

Indianapolis has already committed to building an NFL-caliber practice facility at Tech High School for the NFC champion to use. Now organizers have picked a dozen civic and neighborhood leaders to look at ways to use the Super Bowl buildup to jump-start housing and economic development on the near eastside.

The Legacy Leadership Committee hopes to piggyback on existing city programs. For instance, they'll apply for a slice of a $29 million federal grant the city's received for rehabbing run-down or abandoned homes, with a goal of completing 300 projects in one eastside neighborhood. They'll also seek some grants and tax breaks on their own.

Former Frank Irish CEO Patrick Dooley, who's co-chairing the business and economic development subcommittee, expects the Super Bowl to lend momentum to longstanding city and neighborhood plans, as investors move to put a fresh face on the neighborhood before the NFL's arrival. Other committee members suggest the visibility created by the Super Bowl will generate interest in neighborhoods which have more often been ignored by incoming businesses.

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