Columbus Regional Health is planning to move ahead with construction of a 36,000-square-foot medical facility on the city’s west side, even though broader plans for a mixed-use development on the remainder of the property are unclear. The Republic reports the developers of the project were “unable to finalize its plans,” according to the health system.
The health system owns the land, but it intended to sell most of the property while maintaining a parcel to build the medical facility.
Last year, CRH had reached an agreement with Bloomington-based Clearpath Services and architecture and engineering firm Woolpert of Indianapolis to turn the site into a complex that would include apartments, a hotel and grocery store. Now, it’s on hold.
“Essentially, Clearpath was unable to finalize its plans to deliver that vision that we had put forth several months ago,” CRH spokeswoman Kelsey DeClue. “And so we have to we have to move forward with our portion of it in order to meet our timelines and our goals for that facility. So we’re beginning that work out there, and the previous relationship that we had with the developer Clearpath is no longer in existence.”
The Republic reports Clearpath did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Meanwhile, crews are working to redistribute a pile of construction rubble to fill in low spots on the property, in preparation of the hospital project. Hospital officials hope that construction will be completed by the end of 2023.
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