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The city of Bloomington is trying to attract new businesses downtown by developing plans for a new technology park. The city recently announced it had hired a design firm to create a development plan for its 12-acre property north of the Showers Complex.
The city purchased the property from Indiana University in the fall. Some companies already leasing space in the buildings plan to continue, but all Indiana University offices plan to relocate within the next two years. Bloomington economic development director Danise Alano-Martin says the city is working to show businesses how they can benefit by moving into the space.
“It’s a lot more than what it’s going to look like,” she says. “It’s about the infrastructure that’s necessary to serve their needs as well as additional redevelopment in the area.”
Alano-Martin says the public will have several opportunities to present their ideas over the next year.
“There will be a lot of opportunities for public involvement along the way and that’s important because this is a part of our downtown, and it really needs to be integrated into the fabric of our downtown,” she says.
The development plans will include architectural designs and suggestions for additional housing developments. The planning process should take about a year and could cost the city as much as $275,000.