"I think the cultural and social amenities of downtown trump the rest of the sites," said Mayor Winnecke. But the city itself cannot send a proposal to IU, it needs a developer to partner with. The redevelop commission is asking for interested and qualified developers to apply within. "We're not asking for any information on their proposals or we're not even asking for a number at this point," said President of the Redevelopment Commission Ed Hafer. To 'woo' Indiana University the city will need a piece of land, which it may already have. "One of the things the city will no doubt add is we will provide the land," said Mayor Winnecke. But it's not saying where. "We're not releasing our downtown location because we want to be coy. It's not about that at all, but clearly it's a highly competitive situation," said Mayor Winnecke.
The competitors are Warrick County and it's property across from Deaconess Gateway Hospital, The Martin Group's location just down the Lloyd Expressway, and USI. "In my mind downtown is the one that is clearly the best," said Mayor Winnecke. Developers have until January 3rd to submit it's qualifications, on January 7th the redevelopment commission will select and begin working with a developer. "Securing the land, developing concepts for the site we have in mind, and all the other work, and there has been a lot of work going up until this point," said Mayor Winnecke.
After a developer is chosen the city will have about three weeks to submit a proposal to IU. The deadline for all proposals for the IU Medical School is January 31st.