This architect’s rendering shows the proposed 47,000-square-foot, 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital — to be called the Bloomington Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. Ernest Health is seeking to build it near the intersection of West Ind. 46 and North Curry Pike. (Courtesy rendering)
This architect’s rendering shows the proposed 47,000-square-foot, 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital — to be called the Bloomington Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. Ernest Health is seeking to build it near the intersection of West Ind. 46 and North Curry Pike. (Courtesy rendering)
County officials will forgo collecting around $1.49 million in property taxes from Ernest Health Inc. over a 10-year period to promote the company’s creation of a new inpatient rehabilitation hospital — an estimated $20 million project.

The Monroe County Council on Tuesday approved a 10-year tax abatement request from Ernest Health to build a 47,000-square-foot, 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital — to be called the Bloomington Regional Rehabilitation Hospital — near the intersection of West Ind. 46 and North Curry Pike.

County Attorney Jeff Cockerill said the council’s vote was the final approval needed for the abatement. Ernest Health representatives received approvals from the Monroe County Economic Development Commission, preliminary approval from the county council and approval from the county commissioners last week, since the proposed project site is within the Ind. 46 tax increment finance district sometimes referred to as North Park.

Angie Anderson, senior vice president of marketing and development at Ernest Health, said last week at the county commissioners’ meeting that construction is slated to begin in June or July. It is expected to take one year to complete the hospital. Once it is operational, Anderson said they project that 110 new jobs will be created over three years, with an average annual salary of around $62,000.

The project will have amenities such as a cafeteria/kitchen, large physical therapy and occupational therapy gym, nurse’s station, patient day rooms for visiting with family, an activities of daily living suite, and various offices and conference rooms.
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