(BLOOMINGTON) – The City of Bloomington invites residents to participate in and learn more about the master planning process for the redevelopment of the current IU Health Bloomington Hospital at the second virtual town hall public forum on Thursday, August 6, at 6 p.m.
Participants may join from a computer or mobile device by registering in advance at this link.
This is the second of four town hall meetings scheduled to engage residents in the site planning process this year. The August 6 event will feature a presentation of preliminary site design options and economic analysis information and will include virtual breakout rooms where participants will engage in group discussions. The next meeting will occur in October, when the master planning consultant is scheduled to present refined plans. Community members may visit the project website at www.bloomingtonhospitalsite.com for additional information, updates, and input opportunities.
The City purchased the 24-acre site at Second and Rogers from IU Health in 2018 in order to pursue redevelopment options to help meet community goals for affordable housing, sustainable development, equity and inclusion. In early 2020, the City, through its Redevelopment Commission, contracted with the architecture and urban planning firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) to oversee the process of developing a master plan for the site, including intensive community engagement and site design options. The master planning team is working with the Hospital Reuse Committee, a group of more than 30 community members who have been involved with the City on this project since 2015. The first public forum on June 16 was attended by over 200 participants.
IU Health Bloomington Hospital, an anchor in downtown Bloomington for over a century, will vacate the property when the new IU Health Regional Academic Health Center opens on the city’s east side in 2021.