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City Planning Experts To Present Recommendations For Hospital Site

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IU Health will move to its new hospital location in 2020. (WFIU/WTIU News)

A panel of city planning experts will present recommendations Friday for how to redevelop the current Indiana University Health Bloomington hospital location.

IU Health sold the current 24-acre site to the City of Bloomington last year. The city council gave preliminary approval to fund the purchase of the land at Wednesday’s meeting, a month and a half later than originally planned. The purchase still needs approval from the zoning board, but is expected to be finalized by the end of the month.

The hospital will move to its new location off State Road 45/46 in 2020, and the city will take over the current site in 2021.

Bloomington hired the Urban Land Institute in January to research the area’s needs and potential improvements. ULI sent a team of seven researchers to Bloomington at the start of this week to begin that work.

The ULI team began their research by interviewing community members and local business leaders, and meeting with city officials. For the second half of the week, they’ve been working to come up with recommendations.

Team members say the presentation will cover several key recommendations for what to do with the land. But it won’t necessarily include a detailed proposal for a single construction project.

They say a more detailed report will be released later this summer.

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