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On January 3, 2018, the City of Bloomington and IU Health announced that they had signed a letter of intent regarding property at the current Bloomington Hospital site. Upon opening the new IU Health Regional Academic Health Center in 2020, IU Health will transfer the property and other nearby parcels to the City for its development in the community’s interest.

A group of nationally renowned land use and urban planning experts representing the Urban Land Institute (ULI) has made recommendations to the City of Bloomington regarding redevelopment possibilities for Bloomington Hospital and the 24-acre hospital site.

The report’s recommendations include zoning the site for mixed-use, including retail, residential, and office space. The emphasis on creating office space, as well as a range of affordable housing in the area, was based on stakeholders’ indications of limited supply in both categories. A community center, with an emphasis on arts programming, would helm the site, per ULI’s recommendations. The report also considers spatial, aesthetic, and contextual considerations of the site, recommending measures to reintegrate the current “mega-block” into its environs.  To this end, the report suggests extending the historic street grid into the property, adding green space that connects to existing parks nearby, and transitioning the scale of new buildings to segue into the residential neighborhoods surrounding it.

“By making this commitment well in advance of IU Health’s relocation, our community has ample time to study options, gather public input, and plan for the next use of the land,” said Mayor John Hamilton. “More opportunities for the public to actively participate in the future of this land will come through the Urban Land Institute planning process. This is an exciting opportunity for Bloomingtonians to thoughtfully reimagine this important location in our city.”


Project Website–Click here.


Master Plan

January 14, 2021–Click here for the Master Plan.

January 14, 2021–Click here for the Traffic Impact Study.


Kohr Administration Building

Click here for the Historic Resource Assessment.

Click here for the Assessment by Arsee Engineering.


Online Feedback Form–Click here.


Virtual Town Hall

November 18, 2020–Click here to watch. Click here to download the presentation PDF.

October 6, 2020–Click here to watch. Click here to download the presentation PDF.

August 6, 2020–Click here to watch. Click here to download the presentation PDF.

June 16, 2020–Click here to watch. Click here to download the presentation PDF.


Plans and Documents

  • Urban Land Institute Panel Report–Click here.
  • Engineering Report from Arsee for the Kohr Building and Parking Garage–Click here.
  • Environmental Report from August Mack for Several Land Parcels on the Site–Click here.
  • Historical Facility Report from Ratio for the Kohr Building–Click here.



If you have questions about this project, contact Deputy Mayor Mick Renneisen at or 812-349-3406.


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