Some Residents Excited About Impact of Med School on Downtown Neighborhoods

Published 04/12 2014 06:56PM

Updated 04/12 2014 07:01PM

Excitement is still in the air a day after the Indiana University Board of Trustees selected the downtown Evansville location for its medical school expansion.

The facility will be built in a several block area bordered by 4th and 6th and Cherry and Locust.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke said 1600 to 2000 students from four schools will be on the campus. He said he doesn’t have any immediate plans for housing because he believes there are enough existing opportunities for students downtown. However, down the road, he said they plan to offer an incentive to a private developer to build some type of housing for medical students.

Some residents in surrounding neighborhoods said they are excited about the selection and hope it brings new life to the area. Several said they hope a grocery store will be built nearby. 

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