A draft master plan for the current Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital site was unveiled at the Bloomington City Council meeting Wednesday. (City of Bloomington courtesy image)
A draft master plan for the current Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital site was unveiled at the Bloomington City Council meeting Wednesday. (City of Bloomington courtesy image)
A vision for a 10-block pedestrian-first area with dense housing options and green space was presented Wednesday by members of the Hospital Reuse Committee, a planner and consultants.

The draft master plan for the soon-to-be-vacant Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital site was unveiled during a Bloomington City Council meeting.

A new hospital is under construction near Bloomington’s east side next to the Ind. 45/46 Bypass and is expected to be completed sometime next year. The city of Bloomington purchased 24 acres of the current property in 2018 after plans for the new hospital location were announced. The Hospital Reuse Committee — currently comprising 51 people including multiple city officials and employees, as well as local organization and business leaders — is co-chaired by Mayor John Hamilton and former state Sen. Vi Simpson. It has been in place since 2015.

In April, the committee started its master planning process, which included developing a plan with Chicago-based planning firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Land-use experts at Urban Land Institute gave recommendations to the committee in 2018.

The plan as presented Wednesday is a draft of the master plan, which is not a specific site or architectural plan. The committee is still seeking public input, which can be given at bloomingtonhospitalsite.com.
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