Just a week ago Warrick County revealed it's location for the IU Medical School, and now another plan is presented, and it's not too far away from Warrick County. The Martin Group wants the IU Medical School to be built just off Interstate 164 on Oak Grove Road, but as they shared today that's not all they want to build.
"What we're trying to build is a community. A small community that people can visit or they can live, work, and play," said Steve Martin of The Martin Group. He wants to build the "Promenade" and he wants the Indiana Medical School to be the center piece. "If IU says we want to do something a little differently, it's a clean slate. We can do whatever they want to do."
The group will also start building apartments near the site early next year regardless of where the medical school lands. And they say the site is shovel ready. "Utilities are all there and we don't have to tear up any roads, really convenient," said Andy Martin of The Martin Group.
They say the area is prepared to handle a large school with room to grow, and they are excited about keeping students in the area to boost the economy.
"Two-million dollars per student that they add to the economy. So if we have 100 students here. We keep half of them. That's 50 and if you take 50 of them times two-million a year...and that's an annual class," said Steve Martin. This is the second site for the IU Medical School proposed near the east side of Evansville, and most can agree no matter where it's built the entire region will benefit.
The city of Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana are also in the running for the IU Medical School. The mayor's office says the city is looking to build the school somewhere downtown, but plans will not be shared until the medical school gives it's requirements for a proposal.