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Clarian eyes vacant Levitz space for office, warehouse use

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Clarian Health Partners is eyeing a long-vacant Levitz furniture store on East Washington Street for a center for home-health and pharmacy services.

The consolidation of offices and warehouse space would bring about 400 existing and new employees to Warren Township, said Franklin Mosko, Clarian's director of corporate real estate development.

"We are exploring the possibilities with the city of Indianapolis. We're interested in the site," Mosko said.

Clarian is waiting to hear from the city's economic development team about how the city would participate in the $10 million project, Mosko said. Renovating the 180,000-square-foot building would cost roughly $8 million, and the site needs about $2 million in infrastructure improvements, he said.

Sandor Development of Indianapolis owns the former Levitz building, located at 8303 E. Washington St., east of Franklin Road. The site is part of the Eastside Revitalization District.

Clarian already has some back-office operations on the east side. Its building at 250 N. Shadeland Ave. houses an inventory and call center. As the not-for-profit hospital system expands its reach to Muncie and Bloomington, Mosko said, the demand for space will grow.

If Clarian commits to the Levitz building, it would first convert about 100,000 square feet of the facility to office space and leave the remainder for storage and future expansion, Mosko said. The number of employees on the site would grow to 400 over two years.

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  • Vacant Levitz Space
    As an east side resident, I totally embrace this idea. There needs to be a stronger revitalization of the Washington Street corridor now that the construction is almost completed. How about Simon doing something about the decaying Washington Square Mall - perhaps making it an open air mall and lure retailers back?

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