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Columbus Regional Health Announces Purchase Of Clarion Hotel

The former Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus has a new owner, but future plans for the site remain uncertain.

Columbus Regional Health announced Tuesday it purchased the property, which went up for sale at a Bartholomew County foreclosure auction.

German American Capital Organization, the former lien holder of the property, made the winning bid of $4.25 million, then sold the former hotel to Columbus Regional Health at the same price.

"The west side of our community continues to experience both residential and business growth, which warrants serious consideration of healthcare service expansion in the area as well," Columbus Regional Health President and CEO Jim Bickel said in a press release. "As a health system we continue to grow; an expansion of our services close to where our patients live and work is important to fulfilling our mission to improve the health and well-being of the people we serve."

Columbus Regional Health Public Relations Coordinator Kelsey DeClue says there are no concrete plans for future development of the property yet. But she says the organization recognizes the building's historical significance.

"It definitely is one of those places that a lot of people in the community have a soft spot for, and we want to be sensitive to that," DeClue says. "We want to make sure that what we pull from historic nature from that property is preserved."

DeClue says the organization is considering several options for how to move forward with developing the property. The next step will be an assessment of the property to determine what can be preserved.

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