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GREENFIELD, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – The director of development for Greenfield-based Hancock Health envisions the Mount Comfort Corridor in the western part of the county to become a regional destination for medical services, retail and dining options. Hancock Health has approximately 200 acres of land north of Interstate 70 near the Mt. Comfort Road exit. Former Hancock Health COO Rob Matt said the Hancock Gateway Park is a cutting edge development that extends beyond medical facilities.

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Matt explained why the healthcare system embraces development efforts beyond healthcare.

“We serve Hancock County. We live in Hancock County. And Hancock County needs us to lead the way in everything from development to health care to growth, ”said Matt. “Yes, the hospital will have a place to grow, as well as the community and the county. “

The development is centrally located between the east side of Indianapolis, McCordsville, New Palestine and Greenfield. These areas are experiencing growth and development, such as the new Amazon Fulfillment Center (Nasdaq: AMZN) and the Walmart Fulfillment Center (NYSE: WMT).

Matt says the health care system conducted a strategic plan in 2018 that revealed the Mount Comfort Corridor was poised to experience significant economic growth.

“Then we said, ‘we’re sitting on 140’ [now 200] acres. Let’s develop something for Hancock County that Hancock County doesn’t have. We began to aim for world-class development never seen before in Hancock County. And that’s where we’re headed today, ”Matt said.

The first building to open on campus in 2019 was a medical laboratory and imaging center. But Matt says additional developments are expected to launch in early 2022.

“We have a 14 acre aging onsite campus (senior living) coming out of the ground in February. We have an internationally renowned coffee company, which will also be building a location in the park. We have about four or five other projects under development, ranging from retail, commercial medical office to multi-family housing, on the 200 acres as well, ”said Matt.

Gateway’s development is expected to have an estimated value of over $ 300 million. In construction alone, the project is expected to have an economic impact of $ 158 million and create nearly 1,500 construction jobs in the region.

“Gateway’s development is at the most strategically important intersection of our county and… excited about the future of our county and the role our organization is playing in making it the best place in Indiana to live, work, play. and pray.

While the plan offers a wide range of potential developments beyond healthcare, Matt says a new hospital for that area of ​​the county is certainly a possibility, but no timeline has been given.

“If you look at all the other counties that surround Marion County, they both have hospitals. As growth continues to occur in Hancock County there is an expectation that there will be a second hospital and quite frankly Hancock Health intends to be that second hospital, ”Matt said. “This land will allow that to happen, and the other medical components associated with it.”

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