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Urban Land Institute to Advise the City of Bloomington on Redevelopment Opportunities for Bloomington Hospital Facility and Site

WASHINGTON (April 2, 2018) -- A group of nationally renowned land use and urban planning experts representing the Urban Land Institute (ULI) will be making recommendations next week to the City of Bloomington regarding redevelopment possibilities for Bloomington Hospital and the 24-acre hospital site in light of the facility’s relocation to the Indiana University Health Regional Academic Health Center in 2020.  

ULI is a global, multidisciplinary real estate organization whose work is driven by 40,000-plus members dedicated to responsible land use and building thriving, sustainable communities. The ULI representatives, convened through ULI’s renowned Advisory Services Program, will be visiting the community April 8-13. The Advisory Services panelists will be considering sustainable approaches to develop the property and integrate the development into the surrounding community. Panelists will conduct a thorough review of all aspects of reuse, including:

  • The value that the parking garage and/or the administrative building might contribute to the future development of the site;

  • The appropriate scope and scale of redevelopment on the site, both from a market perspective and in terms of urban designs and planning considerations;

  • Potential phasing and timing of the redevelopment of the 24 acres;

  • The type of development/program that could best achieve the right balance of housing, commercial, and other land uses to enhance the neighborhoods surrounding the site;

  • Infrastructure amenities that will be important for enhancing the value and feasibility of the redevelopment, including the timing and phasing of those investments;

  • The correct zoning for a redevelopment of the site, in terms of density, uses, and heights; as well as entitlement tools for the redevelopment;

  • How the city and other public sector entities will consider proposals for the sale and redevelopment of the property from other public or private sector interests; and

  • The impacts and needs of the surrounding areas based on the potential uses of the site.

ULI Leader and former Orlando Mayor Glenda E. Hood, founding partner at Trisect LLC in Orlando, will serve as the panel’s chairperson. “We’re excited to bring ULI’s expertise to Bloomington,” Hood said. “We’ll be considering a broad spectrum of opportunities for the hospital site’s redevelopment, and will make recommendations that best address the needs of the greater community in terms of boosting economic growth and livability.”

Hood will be joined by: Gabriela Canamar-Clark, principal, LandDesign, Alexandria, Virginia; James Coleman, managing director, Hill Companies, Denver, Colorado; Christine C. Richman, principal, GSBS, Salt Lake City, Utah; Cate Ryba, new projects director, Urban3, Asheville, North Carolina; Sujata Srivastava, principal, Strategic Economics, Berkeley, California; and Richard F. Krochalis, commissioner, Seattle Design Commission, Seattle, Washington.

During the week, the panel will tour the site and surrounding neighborhoods, and interview a variety of stakeholders in the community before developing a set of recommendations that will be presented at the conclusion of the panel’s visit.

“We’re so pleased to welcome this distinguished group of experts in their fields to Bloomington to share their time, talents and wisdom with us. The development of this project will impact our city for decades. Having this level of scrutiny and this quality of advice now will help us decide what this area - this exciting hub in the heart of our city - will look like, feel like and how it will function in the future,” Mayor John Hamilton commented.  

Now in its 71st year, the ULI advisory services program assembles experts in the fields of real estate and land use planning to participate on panels worldwide, offering recommendations for complex planning and development projects, programs and policies. Panels have developed more than 700 studies for a broad range of land uses, ranging from waterfront properties to inner-city retail.

According to Thomas Eitler, senior vice president of ULI’s advisory services program, the strength of the program lies in ULI’s unique ability to draw on the substantial knowledge of its 40,000-plus members, including land developers, engineers, public officials, academics, lenders, architects, planners and urban designers. “The independent views of the panelists bring a fresh perspective to the land use challenge,” Eitler said. “The advisory services program is all about offering creative, innovative approaches to community building.”

Past sponsors of ULI advisory service panels include: federal, state and local government agencies; regional councils of government; chambers of commerce; redevelopment authorities; private developers and property owners; community development corporations; lenders; historic preservation groups; non-profit community groups; environmental organizations and economic development agencies.

NOTE TO REPORTERS AND EDITORS: The media and public are invited to the presentation of the panel’s recommendations on Friday, April 13, at 9:00 a.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 401 N. Morton Street, Bloomington.  

About the Urban Land Institute
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