Methodist signs lease for Sportsplex building space - February 5, 2016

Courtesy of NWI Times

February 5, 2016 • Phil Wieland, (219) 662-5324

CROWN POINT — Almost a year after a building was completed at the entrance to the city’s Sportsplex, Methodist Hospital will lease the remaining 14,000 square feet for medical offices.

Todd Kleven, vice president of Hawk Development, which built the 16,000 square feet, two-story building at the corner of North Street and Bulldog Boulevard, said he has been negotiating with Methodist for about six months.

The Studio Barre has been the only tenant since September.

“We were very patient in working with Methodist and that included the involvement with Crown Point to make sure they were welcoming,” Kleven said. “We are extremely excited for Methodist to come, and they were great to work with.”

He said the proximity to Sportsplex along with Methodist’s campus in Merrillville was “essential for the deal.”

A spokesman for Methodist could not be reached for comment Thursday. Kleven said it is expected the hospital will open an urgent care center and have X-ray, imaging facilities and sports medicine-related care available.

Kleven said the hospital expects to seek proposals from contractors to complete the buildout of first-floor facilities hoping to open by June 1. Kleven said he plans to be one of those submitting a proposal for the work.

The sports medicine related offices will be on the second floor, Kleven said.

Hawk also was awarded the contract to build a second building directly behind the first building, but the project stalled after the original potential tenants balked. Kleven said that project is not dead.

“We did not want to do a speculative building with the other one still sitting,” he said. “We submitted a request for proposals to the city to build it that the city accepted, but I don’t know if that has expired. We will cross that bridge when we have to. I’m waiting for direction from my superiors on whether to move forward with that.”