Health Centers Join Boom at Exit 10

Health Centers Join Boom at Exit 10

Health Centers Join Boom at Exit 10

December 6, 2006 - Paraphrased Article from Indianapolis Star

By: Bruce Smith, IndyStar

With Clarian Health Partner’s announcement that it has purchased 95 acres within the 750-acre Saxony development, it becomes the third major health-care system to take root at Exit 10 along I-69. Clarian sees the highly visible location along the interstate as a prime spot for its medical campus.

“This project will help distinguish Clarian and Fishers as a national model for New Urbanism with fully integrated, community-based health programs,” Clarian President and Chief Executive Daniel F. Evans Jr. said.

St. Vincent Health confirmed its purchase of 25 acres on the Fishers side of Exit 10, with plans for an emergency room and related medical services and two buildings for physicians’ offices. Although St. Vincent’s locale is outside Saxony, it is still across the street from and within sight of its competitor, Clarian.

Community Health was the first of the three to occupy the area with a medical office building opening in the past year.

On the other side of the interchange, Simon Property Group began building their Hamilton Town Center, an outdoor shopping mall of nearly a million square feet which will include an IMAX theater and other attractions.

Ohio-based Republic Development has been cultivating Saxony since 2000; and, according to company President Rick Arnos, the original concept of a million square feet of retail space and 3.5 million square feet of office and industrial space “has morphed a little into medical and wellness. Attracting the three largest health-care providers says this interchange is well-located.”

The city of Noblesville provided the necessary growth catalyst with new roads and other improvements on the north side of Exit 10.

Similarly, the Fishers Town Council, in an attempt to fuel growth on the south side, is considering the sale of a $25 million bond issue to build utilities and other fundamentals that will help business in and around Saxony.

“This would be only the second time for (a bond and special tax district) in Fishers, so we have very high standards” to get the town’s financial help, said Council President Scott Faultless.

Clarian plans to develop the 95 acres in phases—initially bringing a fitness center, sports medicine service, sleep center, occupational medicine services, urgent care and imaging center, plus other outpatient care and doctors’ offices. Later, Clarian plans to integrate wellness and healthy lifestyle features, such as jogging trails, a lake and gardens—features that embody the ideology of Saxony.