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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.”

 

Click the image below to watch the recording of the January 3rd announcement.