Town Center eyed for Bloomington

June 18, 2007
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One of the companies promoting Hamilton County's Saxony is also leasing a new town center project in Bloomington. North ParkThe 575-acre development would sit northwest of the intersection of State Road 37 and State Road 46. The project, by South Carolina-based Kahn Development East, would include 700,000 square feet of retail space, along with residential and office space. It’s dubbed North Park Town Center. A pamphlet from Indianapolis-based Situs Realty Corp., which is leasing the project, touts a trade area serving 345,000 people with an average household income of $51,000.
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  • I hope this doesn't derail the efforts by BEDC and other development groups to liven up the downtown around the courthouse and campus. It has been such a boon to the economy and lifestyle and enhanced the atmosphere greatly. I think this is a good project though, it was only time before that new Interchange there spurred more commercial development. Now if they would just finish all the stages for I-69 along 37.
  • i'm torn on this one. i love the concept of lifestyle centers and i think this will be cool tucked into the hills of bloomington. but, as mike said, bloomington has worked so hard reviving downtown (probably the best downtown in indiana - okay, that might be a stretch) with unique local and national retail/restaurants. i'm just scared this will lead to more sprawl which bloomington seems to have been able to avoid to some degree (i haven't seen a stronger downtown in indiana in a city b'town's size). overall i think it's a solid idea - another reason to visit the area and another cool stop on the way to french lick and other unique spots (st. meinrad, ferdinand, etc.)...
  • hi cory - i heard about a project for the first time this weekend. i think it's been talked about for about a year. it's called boulevard plaza - here's the link: http://www.boulevard-plaza.com/index.cfm

    ***does anyone have more insight into it? i'm surprised i hadn't heard of it before....
  • Bloomington already has a town center, we call it downtown.

    More crappy automotive suburban sprawl, at no benefit for existing residents
    and financed on their backs (the infrastructure, etc. for North Park was provided
    via a bond on property taxes that the Monroe County Redevelopment Commission
    authorized).


    Who's getting rich off this scam? Don't answer, that's a rhetorical question.
  • Maybe they should buy up some of the vacant property that is 3rd street west of campus. Practically every building along there is for sale or lease. But, alas, what would development be without acres upon acres of tarmac for us to park our cars.
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