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The city of Indianapolis’ plans to sell the former Winona Hospital for redevelopment is failing to attract interest from potential buyers.

As of late Monday morning, no bids had been submitted, according to John Bartholomew, spokesman for the Metropolitan Development Commission. MDC is set to begin reviewing bids at its Wednesday meeting.  

On Feb. 3, MDC approved a resolution to publicly list the property for $667,500.

The 317-bed hospital at Meridian and 32nd streets, which opened in 1956, closed in 2004 after owners declared bankruptcy. In October, it was listed—along with its unpaid tax bill of nearly $1 million—in the Marion County Treasurer’s tax sale.

But the opportunity to obtain the property’s tax lien attracted no bidders either. The city has written off Winona’s back taxes and is now attempting to attract a buyer who can rehabilitate the property.

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  • Good call...
    Good call Irvingtonguy. I've been saying for years that Indianapolis would be the perfect spot for film/TV productions. A lot of great locations that would suit many different storylines, plenty of empty warehouses for building interior sets, and the list goes on. Doesn't Indy have a film comission like most other cities do?
  • A good Reuse
    Why doesn't the city/state try to attract more tv/movie production companies to the area. The empty hospital would be a good location for movies that needed a hospital setting. The old airport could be used also for things such as this as well as plenty of empty schools that could be used as a set for tv shows or movies. Shreveport, Louisiana has gained quite a bit of industry with being the new up and coming filming location for movies.

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