Columbus Regional making plans for Bartholomew County site
Columbus Regional Health and the city of Columbus are finalizing a comprehensive master plan for the development of agricultural land in Bartholomew County. The health system said the plan will lay the groundwork for the types of development opportunities at the site.
The property is located between I-65 and State Road 11, south of State Road 46. The health system said the land is in an area that has been experiencing consistent, rapid growth.
Columbus Regional Health acquired the land in 2018 and a Land-Use Planning Committee was launched shortly thereafter to identify a vision for the property.
The study found that in addition to healthcare, the property could be used for residential, mixed-use commercial and retail, office space, hotel and tourism, and civic, community and greenspace uses.
Jim Bickel, president and CEO of Columbus Regional Health, said the health system’s investment aligns with its long-range strategic facility and expansion plans, but also allows for further transformational community development.
“Columbus Regional Health holds a more than 105-year history serving Columbus and the broader region in which we live, work, and play,” Bickel said in a news release. “The collective advancement and cultivation of the region we serve is core to our mission and vision as an organization and we are pleased to launch this work with our community partners.”
The city is expected to begin its process for consideration of adopting the comprehensive master plan this spring. The process will include public input, and the plan will be available for the public to review.
A specific timeline for the process was not provided.