Council gives abatement to Lutheran project

April 21st, 2017

By Joseph Slacian | The Paper of Wabash County

A medical office building planned by Lutheran Health received two 10-year tax abatements Monday night, April 10, from the Wabash City Council.

One of the abatements is for personal property while the other is for real estate improvements.

The Council voted 4-0-2 for the abatements, with Mitch Figert and Eric Schoening abstaining. Both said they have close ties to Parkview. Council member Mark Shelley was absent.

Lutheran Health plans to build a 30,000 square foot medical office building at 1700 N. Alber St., just south of the Miller’s Merry Manor West facility.

The building has a proposed budget of $8 million, and is expected to employ 23 people with an annual payroll of $1.336 million, according to paperwork filed with the city.

The personal property includes an MRI machine, diagnostic equipment, a CT scanner and more. The value of the equipment is estimated at more than $2.8 million.

The facility is expected to house offices for doctors and visiting physicians. It also is expected that a walk-in clinic will be housed there as well.

“It will have a number of different departments in it, including a RediMed, imaging lab, a rehab area” and more, according to Kyle Witwer, a member of LMBW Properties, which is constructing the building.

Mayor Scott Long, who is a member of the city’s incentive review authority, called the project good for Wabash. Projects must go before the review authority before being presented to the Council for abatement consideration.

“We’re pumping $10 million into the community, creating 23 jobs,” Long said. “Competition is good. Those members of our community who have Lutheran Health Network will have services just as the Parkview network.

“We’re looking forward to having you here.”

Christa Quinones, Lutheran Network vice president of regional service development, said the group is looking forward to locating in Wabash.

“We had a blast serving Wabash with Lutheran Air, so we’re excited to enlarge the footprint,” she said.