What to do with the old St. Francis

October 29, 2008
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St. Francis Hospital in Beech GroveBeech Grove is working on a redevelopment proposal for its St. Francis Hospital campus. The tentative plans call for a mix of office, senior residential and possibly retail. St. Francis plans to vacate the old hospital in two years when it opens a $200-million expansion of its Indianapolis campus. The hospital is negotiating with a buyer, and the buyer wants Beech Grove's help in financing the $17.8 million purchase, said Mayor Donald "Joe" Wright. Unlike the hospital, a new owner for the property would pay taxes, helping to justify an economic-development bond the city may offer to assist in the acquisition. Targeted uses include senior and assisted living residential, life-science office users and some medical. St. Francis won't allow another hospital. The site is critical to Beech Grove. "No one wants 900,000 square feet going dark in their community," Wright said. "There aren't a whole lot of folks out there looking to purchase old hospitals." He would not name the developer but said it is not a local player. A public meeting on the proposal was held on Oct. 29.
  • Since they've callously abandoned half their patients by cutting the Anthem contract short, I'm sure St. Francis wants more than anything to sell the old hospital. They need the money.
  • I think having senior housing is a great idea given the huge amount of older people in that neighborhood. It would be wonderful if someone would actually build senior housing that's affordable and offers more than just warehousing seniors.
  • It will be great if it does not become low cost slum housing. If they spend the money to keep it up, attract good tenants and provide quality amenities, it would be a win for everyone.
  • just warehousing seniors What does that even mean? Do they use high tech conveyor belts and bar codes to inventory and ship them at a moment's notice?
  • Is this too far away from U of I to consider it for student housing?
  • Yep, it's kinda like those PODS. You put Grandma and Grandpa in storage, then whenever you need to see them at Christmas, Thanksgiving or their birthdays, you just call and have them delivered:)
  • That's great. Now if they could do something with that historic hospital that Ivy TEch wants to demolish.
  • I'm thinking maybe IKEA would be innerested?
  • Wasn't Steve McQueen born there?
  • How about a training hospital similiar to what they have at IU Hospital.
    Indiana is facing a nurses and doctors shortage so this way at least you have a fully stocked facility ready to go.
  • How about a casino? The more I look at that picture, the more I see a Las Vegas hotel (it would need an EIFS facelift).
  • what about a brothel, whore house. Upscale of course???? Or a really large opium den.

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