Mishawaka-based Franciscan Health is preparing to start site work for its new $200 million hospital in Crown Point. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the Crown Point Plan Commission has approved the first phase of the project, which is slated to begin in September.
Jeff Ban, president of Crown Point-based Development Visions Group Inc., says the first phase will focus on service infrastructure, including a ring road and a drainage system for the site.
While a building elevation has yet to be released, The Times reports the hospital will be modeled after Franciscan’s hospital in Michigan City, which was completed in 2019.
According to Ban, drawings submitted to the city included plans for mass grading at the site, storm water management, storm sewers and landscaping details.
The publication reports developers are currently focusing on the private roads and the perimeter bike path within the development.
“First thing that’s going to be taking place on the site is going to be mass grading, and we’ve got a lot of dark dirt to be moving in preparation for constructing a hospital,” said Glen Eriksson, president of Eriksson Engineering Associates. “The architect is still working on the building plans, but we do have a good handle on the size of the basement and it’s quite a big basement going into this facility.”
The first phase also includes some landscaping for the pond in the southwest corner of the site, including cobblestone and blue grass.
The Plan Commission approved the first phase unanimously, according to The Times.