Charter school to anchor former Indy hospital site

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Developers of a former state mental hospital are turning to a charter school to anchor the property after seeing little interest from retailers.

Christel House Academy West broke ground last month on about nine acres donated by the city as part of Mayor Greg Ballard's initiative to expand high-quality schools and fuel development.

Master developer Mike Higbee tells the Indianapolis Business Journal ( ) he originally envisioned a grocery store as the anchor of the Central State Hospital site but hopes the school will make the area more attractive to residents.

The school will eventually enroll 900 students in elementary through high school. It also will offer a dropout recovery program.

Redevelopment of the 150-acre Central State site stalled during the Great Recession but has picked up steam since 2011.

Information from: Indianapolis Business Journal 

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