Deal nears on county/hospital property swap

Bartholomew County officials are closing in on a deal with Columbus Regional Hospital that could give the hospital property on State Street in the East Columbus neighborhood where the county annex building used to stand.

County Commissioners Preisdent Rick Flohr said the deal is nearly finished to possibly trade the State Street property for the Fox Pointe Drive medical offices the hospital is purchaing. Those offices now house the county health department.

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That comes after last week’s ratification of a deal by the commissioners that would allow the county to buy another east side property. The commissioners are planning to purchase the former Premier Ag headquarters on Marr Road to house the Purdue cooperative extension office.

Both the health department and the extension office were left without a permanent home after the county razed the State Street annex building.

That $700,000 purchase of the Premier Ag property still must be approved by the County Council and has a few more steps before completion, including appraisals.

County Council meets at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the governmental office building on Third Street and is scheduled to consider the Premier Ag building purchase.