Progress in Hopewell Neighborhood Moves Bloomington Toward Greater Diversity, Sustainability and Accessibility

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Bloomington, Indiana- On Friday, Hopewell Steering Committee Co-Chairs Mayor Hamilton and Vi Simpson, along with members, and city staff received updates at a meeting of the Hopewell Steering Committee on the Hopewell Neighborhood Project. . Progress continues with demolition of Phase 1 East and site restoration which began in late August is now complete. The transportation of materials for recycling and disposal took place over a few weeks in September and October. The Hopewell Phase 1 East project site is bounded by 2nd Street to the north, 1st Street to the south, B-Line to the east and Rogers Street to the west.

The city’s engineering department is soliciting bids for the infrastructure phase of the project, with construction due to begin early next year. The infrastructure phase will build a north-south extension of Madison Street from 1st to 2nd Street and a new east-west street, named University Street, from Morton to Rogers Street. Along the north side of New University Street, the project will create a linear park with a wetland garden, grove of trees, stage/lawn and other park amenities. The infrastructure works will support the creation of 15 parcels totaling over 3.5 acres of developable land. The expected completion date for this phase is spring 2024.

“This neighborhood is named to honor the past and look to the future,” said Mayor John Hamilton. “The community values ​​embodied in the Hopewell name will continue and expand to include sustainability, affordability and opportunity.”

Context of the project

In May 2018, the City of Bloomington entered into a purchase agreement with IU Health for the 24-acre hospital site. The old hospital on W 2nd Street was decommissioned and demolished, and IU Health Bloomington opened its new Academic Health Center at 2651 E Discovery Parkway on December 5, 2021.

The City chose the name “Hopewell” for the neighborhood because of its long history of association with the site. The 10-room house that stood on the site and became our community’s first hospital was once owned by Isaac Hopewell and served the community as Hopewell House for nearly six decades. You can learn more about the history of the building at bloomington.in.gov/news/2022/02/04/5101.

Hopewell Lenses

Bloomington seeks to diversify and expand opportunity for all, building a new neighborhood where people of all backgrounds and of all ages, incomes, abilities and backgrounds can thrive. Specifically, this means targeting affordable housing for the workforce with affordability built into the master plan. Hopewell is expected to have up to 1,000 residential units, including multifamily, single family, multiplex and townhouses. The goal is for at least 20% of the units to be affordable and workforce housing.

Hopewell is also planned with sustainability in mind, moving towards a carbon-free future. Hopewell will incorporate best practices in sustainable redevelopment as a model for a more equitable, livable and resilient Bloomington. Specifically, this includes its close downtown location with access to businesses, parks and public transit lines, as well as design and on-site features. The district’s public and private facilities will help make it a natural hub and reduce its carbon footprint. Sustainability strategies are included in the consultant’s scope of work for the master plan, including area ecology, health and wellness, and long-term impacts. Learn more about the City of Bloomington’s sustainability and climate action at bloomington.in.gov/sustainability.

Hopewell is also slated for overall design excellence, in both public spaces and private development. A new affordable and sustainable neighborhood can also be a beautiful and inspiring place to live.

Preservation

The old hospital car park and the historic Kohr administration building will be retained. Bloomington City Council voted in early 2021 to support the Historic Preservation Commission’s vote to preserve the 1940s Art Deco Kohr Building, which will give the neighborhood a beautiful and interesting structure for function and a focal point. architectural interest. The parking garage will serve an important function and allow streets, paths and greenways to be constructed without a high volume of parking spaces.

Community involvement

In addition to posting citywide updates throughout this process, the city has been direct with outreach to nearby neighborhoods/neighbourhood organizations. These include the Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA), Prospect Hill, McDoel Gardens, Near Westside. The City also uses direct outreach in the form of door hangers and information boards. Information on hopewellbloomington.org includes blueprint and FAQ.

Outreach to the construction community, the Monroe County Apartment Association (MCAA), the Building Association of South-Central Indiana (BASCI), and the Exchange Club is underway or planned. The Hopewell Steering Committee is actively working to identify partnerships that can be shared with developers, making full use of community strengths and connections to realize the potential of this project.

Looking forward

By the end of 2023, IU Health will transfer the remaining four parcels from the development area to the City of Bloomington, giving the city a total of ten parcels for development. One contains the existing parking lot (plot 4) and another contains the historic Kohr building (plot 5). As each stage of this project progresses, the City will continue to post updates and reach out to neighborhoods and community organizations. Those interested in receiving project updates can sign up at https://bton.in/j7wFR.

Slides shared with the Steering Committee on October 28 are available at https://bton.in/jzXJH

Hopewell East Phase 1 development progress photos

Aerial photo by drone showing the development site before demolition. The photo on the left looks southwest from the intersection of 2nd and Morton Street, showing residential homes in the foreground with warehouses behind and the old hospital in the background. The photo on the right looks northwest from the intersection of 1st and Morton Street, showing a brick office building with warehouses and the old hospital in the background.

Aerial photo by drone showing the development site during demolition.  The photo on the left looks south from the intersection of 2nd and Madison Street, there is a bulldozer and sheep's foot roller preparing exposed land and an excavator demolishing a warehouse.  The photo on the right is looking southwest from the intersection of 2nd and Morton Street, there is an open site with exposed dirt and the same equipment as the photo on the left working in the middle, the old hospital is shown background.

Aerial photo by drone showing the development site during demolition. The photo on the left looks south from the intersection of 2nd and Madison Street, there is a bulldozer and sheep’s foot roller preparing exposed land and an excavator demolishing a warehouse. The photo on the right is looking southwest from the intersection of 2nd and Morton Street, there is an open site with exposed dirt and the same equipment as the photo on the left working in the middle, the old hospital is shown background.

Aerial photo by drone showing the demolition work completed.  The photo on the left looks northwest from the intersection of 1st and Morton Street, showing a red brick office building with the straw-covered site in the background.  The photo on the right looks southwest from the intersection of 2nd and Morton Street, the site is covered in straw with a black silt fence surrounding it, and the old hospital can be seen behind -plan.

Aerial photo by drone showing the demolition work completed. The photo on the left looks northwest from the intersection of 1st and Morton Street, showing a red brick office building with the straw-covered site in the background. The photo on the right looks southwest from the intersection of 2nd and Morton Street, the site is covered in straw with a black silt fence surrounding it, and the old hospital can be seen behind -plan.

Rendering of the Hopewell East Phase 1 development

Rendering of Phase 1 of the Hopewell Project

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