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Bloomington Plan Commission Votes Down Proposed Morton Complex Development

City of Bloomington logo inside City Hall Council Chambers

The site plan proposal was unanimously denied during a hearing Monday night. (Alex Eady, WTIU/WFIU News)

The Bloomington Plan Commission denied plans for a 4-story mixed used building slated for the downtown Showers technology park overlay Monday night. 

The site plan proposed a 52,720 square foot building at North Morton just north of 11th street. The proposal included lower level commercial space, two floors of hotel space, two floors of apartments, and a 22-space parking garage.

Commissioners initially heard the proposal from petitioners, Waterstone Bloomington Land LLC in December. The commission voted to continue the proposal to allow time for further adjustments that better reflect the city’s comprehensive plan.

Commissioner Joe Hoffmann says the postponement should have allowed the petitioners to incorporate uses that represent the needs of the technology park, like office spaces.

“I certainly think the city’s position on this has been pretty clear from the beginning that, that time clock is contingent of getting a building with offices in it and we never got that,” Hoffmann says.  

The commissioners voted unanimously against the plan. Petitioners from Waterstone Bloomington Land LLC have the option to present another petition to the commissioners with changes.

Morton development rendering
The proposed development would be located at the intersection of N. Morton and W.11th Street, just east of Upland Brewery. (Photo: Bloomington Plan Commission) 

 

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