Downtown Clarian project expected to create 1,200 jobs

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Clarian Health is expected to create nearly 1,200 jobs when it builds a neurosciences center and administrative building just south of Methodist Hospital.

Details of the project, which are surfacing as developers prepare to present their plans to city officials, also call for the relocation of an additional 1,225 jobs within Clarian’s system.

Clarian is partnering with Shiel Sexton Co. Inc. on the roughly $200 million project, in which the hospital system would lease space in the buildings. The local construction company owns all the land east of Capitol Avenue from 14th Street to 16th Street with the exception of Indianapolis Fire Station No. 5 at 155 W. 16th St.

The 1,187 jobs Clarian expects to create would boast an average annual salary of $46,925. The range would run from $27,000 for clerical staff to as high as $104,000 for management.

Indianapolis-based Shiel, which has gradually bought vacant parcels in the development area over several years, plans to move the fire station down the street so it can use its property as well. The Metropolitan Development Commission will consider a resolution at its Wednesday afternoon meeting to transfer ownership of the property from the Department of Public Safety to DMD, which in turn would give it to Shiel.

Also included in the project is a seven-level, 1,100-space parking garage with 35,000 square feet of retail and medical office space on the first floor.

Clarian plans to start construction in November on the five-story, 247,000-square-foot, $120 million neurosciences center, with a completion date of April 2012.

City officials undoubtedly are excited about the prospects for the new jobs, which would be created by 2020, according to an application for tax increment financing support submitted to the Indianapolis Economic Development Commission.

The commission was slated to receive the application, which requests TIF funds for infrastructure costs, at its Wednesday morning meeting.

Michael Huber, deputy mayor for economic development, described the project as “huge.”

“It’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the city,” he said. “It’ll attract a great mix of new employment to the downtown area. And we think it will open up a lot of new possibilities for development of the neighborhood.”

Clarian declined to comment on its job-creation plans because the projects have yet to receive city approval.

Members of the Metropolitan Development Commission are expected to learn more about the projects at their Sept. 15 meeting.

“Details between the city and Clarian are still being finalized,” Huber said, “but the mayor has vowed to provide some infrastructure support.”

To be built at the corner of 16th and Missouri streets, the neurosciences center would provide psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, neuropsychology, rehabilitation, human performance, pain management, neurology and neurosurgery services. An ambulatory surgery center and space for other outpatient services could be added later, according to the TIF application.

Meanwhile, the five-story, 280,000-square-foot administration building would be constructed near 16th Street and Capitol Avenue. Work on the $87 million building is scheduled to start in April and would be finished in May 2013.

At the height of construction, in 2011 and 2012, Clarian estimates that 1,700 workers will be involved on the projects.

The buildings would be Shiel’s first new-construction project in the neighborhood, but not its first partnership with Clarian. On its Web site, Shiel touts its role in building the 410,000-square-foot Clarian West Medical Center in Avon and a 56-room cardiac unit at Methodist Hospital, which sits just across the street from the company’s holdings at 16th and Capitol.

“We’re hoping to continue progress by turning vacant ground and parking into something that would advance that whole life-sciences corridor,” Shiel Sexton CEO Mike Dilts told IBJ when it first reported the Clarian project in January.

Clarian also is planning to build a bed tower at Methodist in a massive project that adds to its renewed commitment to the downtown campus.

The tower would have 175 to 250 beds and allow Methodist to make all its rooms private. Right now, half of Methodist’s 760 beds are in pairs in shared rooms.

Clarian projects it could spend $375 million to $500 million on the project, which would not be complete until mid-2015.

Since the 1997 creation of Clarian as a joint venture of Methodist and the Indiana University School of Medicine, Methodist has seen only one modest expansion. In 2002, Clarian centralized cardiovascular procedures there with a $36 million addition.


  • fire station #5
    i think it"s a damn shame that methodist hospital,with all of its money (tax payers)being private,so they say,can build a train from their hospital campus to iupui at an estomated start uo cost of 26 million dollars to about 33 million dollars,let a nurse going off duty cross 16th. st,get run over and killed.not build a overhead cross walk,but turn around and and construct a massive,200 million dollar neuroscience facility.(dosent sound like much brain work to me

    i'am sorry,but it dosent seam like brain surgery to me,but while methodist hospital is in the process of building a 200 million dollar facility ,relocating senate ave. in the "70"s' and being a non for proffit hospital(trying going there for an emergency procedure and getting a bill about two months latter for about 2000.00dollars,lets a nurse get run over and killed crossing the street to the parking lot after the end of her shift and not building an overhead crosswalk,putnso much mony into a new facility.but who cares,after all they can build a train at a cost starting at 26 million dollars,and ending up atn about 33 million,but its only our money.while i"am still not that smart,would it not make sence to (with all of our money)to build a new fire station,and then close the old one!


  • relocation of fire dept. #5
    i think it"s a shame to think that an instution as large as methodist hospital which they say is a for proffit facility,can move an entire street (senate ave.)to make room for a new hospital addition.let a nurse get killed trying to go across the street to the parking lot to her car after her shift ended,and not even build a overhead crosswalk.yet they can build (out of our hard earened tax dollars and medical payments

    0a 200 millon dollar world class neuroscience facility and relocate a fire station.does that make a lot of sence to you

    being born and raised/a native hoosier,and remerbing living before interstate 65 was built,it makeas me wonder.i"am not the most intellegent person in the world,but with all their money,why wouldent you build a new fire station to ensure security and safety,and then remove thr old station????????.maybe it"its just me?????

  • What about the Riley Tower??
    Why are they starting another project when the Riley Tower is still halted?

    Damn Clarian, finish what you start.
  • Additional Details
    Not quite correct on the new construction portion, as Shiel built the Starbucks on Capitol around they same time they renovated the building to the south of it.

    It is also interesting to note that they never mention anything in their report to the Indianapolis Development Commission that part of the land swap deal currently entails closing Fire Station #23 on Burdsal Parkway and merging it with the new location of #5, proposed to be at 16th street and Fall Creek Creek Parkway East Drive, with the land #23 is currently on being transferred to the parks department in exchange for the land they would give up on 16th St.
  • Restaurateurs?
    Lots of well-paid hungry mouths to feed...and all that's there now is fast food and a Chinese joint.

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