IU Health expresses interest in North River property

The City of Fort Wayne took possession of the former OmniSource scrap yard across from Science Central Thursday.

Posted: Dec. 1, 2017 11:59 AM
Updated: Dec. 1, 2017 12:17 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind (WFFT) – IU Health is interested in building a new hospital on the North River property.

The City of Fort Wayne took possession of the former OmniSource scrap yard across from Science Central Thursday after city council approved the purchase Tuesday in a 5-3 vote.

Council members John Crawford, Russ Jehl and Tom Dider told WFFT they recently met with IU Health leaders to discuss the healthcare system’s plans for Fort Wayne.

Crawford said those plans include building a hospital across from Science Central next year.

Didier said it would be “perfect” if IU Health built a hospital there, however he said plans didn’t sway his vote, he was focused on the surrounding neighborhoods.

IU Health announced plans for physician offices in Fort Wayne earlier this year.

City council approved buying the property Tuesday for $4.6 million from Calhoun Investments with a loan from the Capital Improvement Board.

As part of the deal, Calhoun Investments doesn’t have any liability in the 29-acre lot, including environmental remediation.

However, before the city can sell the land, they must ask formally submit request for proposals, which is expected to take several weeks.

WFFT first reported the Lutheran Health Network withdrew its option to buy the property from the city last week.

The network said it was still looking at other locations downtown to replace the current St. Joseph Hospital.

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