Children's Museum and Proposals and Urban development and Development/Redevelopment and Winona and Real Estate & Retail

Children's Museum selects developer for Winona site

May 23, 2012

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis announced Wednesday that it has selected The Whitsett Group LLC to redevelop and operate part of the former Winona Hospital site.

The neighboring museum is acting as lead developer for the site on North Meridian Street, which has been abandoned since the hospital closed in 2004.

The redevelopment is expected to include residential, commercial and public space.

“The Whitsett Group provides the most comprehensive plan that promises to enhance the development physically while offering sustainable options from a team of professionals who have expertise in finance, development, construction, management and architectural/engineering services,” museum CEO Jeffrey Patchen said in a prepared statement.

Whitsett is a local affordable housing developer that has five developments within five miles of the Winona site: Constitution Gardens Apartments, Stetson Senior Apartments, Mapleton Properties, 1010 Central Apartments and the 707 North Apartments.

Perhaps its largest development is the planned $22 million project that would include nearly 140 apartments and a retail component on the property where the demolished Keystone Towers stood.

Winona was demolished in October. Construction of the residential portion of the project likely will start by the end of the year.

The city took control of the hospital site in 2010 and wrote off about $1 million in tax bills. It requested proposals for redevelopment in February 2010, listing the property at $667,5000, but received no responses.
 

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