The City of Bloomington is pleased to announce that “Hope Well” will be the name of the new neighborhood that will be created following the dismantling and demolition of the former IU Health Bloomington campus on West 2nd Street. The name Hopewell has a long history of association with the site.
Shrewsberry & Associates, LLC submitted a main course with the name Hopewell for consideration and approval by the City Plan Commission at its February 7 public hearing on behalf of the City of Bloomington Redevelopment Commission. The plan refers to this area as the “Hopewell Subdivision”, names the streets, and identifies proposed new parcels for future development. This dish focuses on the block bounded by 2nd Street, Rogers Street, 1st Street and Line B. This is a necessary step to dedicate various utility easements and additional rights of way for facilities such as an extension of Madison Street from 2nd Street to 1st Street and a new east-west street to be named University Street between Rogers and Morton streets.
In 1905, the local Bloomington Women’s Council purchased a 10-room red brick house that would become our community’s first hospital. The house, located on part of the acreage that became Bloomington Hospital and later IU Health Bloomington Hospital, was once owned by Isaac Hopewell. The property became known by that name, linking ‘Hopewell’ to the site for generations to come. The local Women’s Council turned this house into a much needed local hospital. Local activists and volunteers have supported the hospital with canned food, garden produce, fundraising and even raising chickens to help feed patients.
Part of Bloomington Hospital for nearly six decades, Hopewell House was finally razed to the ground in the summer of 1963. The beautiful legacy of Hopewell House – residents taking steps to care for each other – continues to inspire the many people working to ensure that this new neighborhood in the heart of Bloomington remains a place of compassion, good health and perpetual optimism. More information on the history of the old hospital site, now known as Hopewell, can be found at https://bton.in/advRF.
The city contracted with Borshoff, an Indianapolis-based advertising and public relations firm, to help name and mark the former hospital site. During the Hopewell name selection process, City and Borshoff officials conducted one-on-one interviews and small group engagement sessions with various stakeholders. These contributors shared a wide variety of perspectives representing their diverse interests and expertise, including business, arts, environment and sustainability, health care and social services, development, education, community history, neighborhoods and government.
“The name Hopewell captures a bit of the site’s history and at the same time projects an inspiring vision for its future. Generations to come will be influenced by the idea that this is a community with a long and proud history of people coming together to care for each other. Today, that means we must work together not just on accessible health care, but also on accessible green spaces, equitable housing opportunities, and a commitment to sustainability. We look forward to continuing to work together to build a neighborhood that reflects our core values,” commented Mayor John Hamilton.
Additional information will be posted on hopewellbloomington.org as soon as it becomes available.
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If you have any questions about this project, contact the mayor’s office at [email protected] or 812-349-3406.