By: Diane Benjamin
Bloomington bought this property almost 5 years ago just to control who built on it:
The address is 807 N Main, the site of the old Mennonite hospital.
In May of 2019 the Council voted to list it for sale with Coldwell Banker after they tried to sell it on a national commercial site but failed: https://blnnews.com/2019/05/24/more-proof-capitalism-is-dead-in-bloomington/
That listing was over two years ago. Coldwell Banker is no longer marketing the property – it looks like nobody is.
We never got a report at a Council meeting about possible offers that were rejected. We were never told Coldwell Banker gave up either.
Meanwhile, the property is generating no property tax revenue. Taxpayer money is just sitting in an empty lot. Somebody likely has to mow it so it’s costing money to hold.
Tari Renner wanted to play developer and lost. Free markets should have been allowed to decide the best use instead of Tari.
Taxpayers deserve an update. Rumor is the Council is too chicken to go back to meeting in person. You citizens must be intimidating, you also deserve answers.