Security concerns at Diocesan House

Recent incidents in downtown Cincinnati have quickened the pace of safety and security issues that were being addressed at Diocesan House, says property manager Bob Penders. The Great American Tower, which is just across the street from the diocesan offices and Christ Church Cathedral, has recently experienced a rash of gunshot vandalism.

Diocesan House in 2014 received needed improvements to the garage lighting for safety reasons. Plans for 2015 include security cameras and improvements to the keyless building access system.

Penders announced at a recent staff meeting plans to improve the keyless access system and require everyone to use a key card system to gain access to the building and garage. David Robinson, CFO, who also sits on the facilities committee with Penders, noted there are hundreds of people with access to the building. That number continues to grow and is an unknown, because many well-meaning people have shared the access code with other committee members, former employees and temporary contractors. Diocesan House is an open building that allows anyone in the building access to all areas. This includes Forward Movement, which has a lease agreement with the diocese and occupies the third floor of Diocesan House.

The new system will be in effect on July 1, 2015. After July 1 all old access codes will be deleted. Entry will be by key card only. Provisions are being developed to allow certain nonstaff people access to the parking garage but not to the building during non-work hours. Email requests may be sent to propertymgr@diosohio.org if you currently have an access code and would like to maintain your access and receive a keyless access card. All requests will be reviewed by the facilities committee.