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Bloomington Hires Company To Develop Tech Park

The city of Bloomington says a re-development plan of the property north of the Showers Complex could attract technology companies to the area.

Showers Building

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The land directly behind the Showers Building is planned for redevelopment.

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.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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