Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says officials could break ground October 23 on the Indiana University-led medical campus in the city’s downtown. The mayor’s office has also announced work is set to begin Tuesday on rerouting sewage infrastructure around the campus and the planned $61 million convention hotel.
The sewer construction could last through December. Winnecke mentioned the timing of the groundbreaking Thursday during a candidate forum with challenger, State Representative Gail Riecken (D-77). The event was hosted by the Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
The medical center is slated to be complete before the 2017-2018 school year and will house IU programs, as well as University of Southern Indiana, University of Evansville and Ivy Tech Community College students and classes. Officials have pegged the potential economic impact of the campus as high as $340 million by 2020. Plans unveiled last year laid out a nearly $70 million proposal.
In May, the General Assembly approved the $31 billion, two-year state budget, which included $25 million for IU and USI to build the campus.
The current hotel plans have been scaled-back by around $13 million from a previous proposal that was nixed when some expected private funding fell through. It will involve five stories and include 240 rooms.