Group benches fieldhouse plan

A sports medicine group has dropped plans for an expansion in Greenwood.

Methodist Sports Medicine had discussed building a 15,000-square-foot sports complex with space for athletes to run, jump and throw at the campus off County Line Road.

But officials have given up those plans because they want to focus on current services, according to a company statement. The city council also has approved withdrawing the plans to rezone the land.

The company purchased three office buildings at 1401, 1405 and 1411 W. County Line Road, about a mile west of U.S. 31, last year. Methodist Sports Medicine closed a small satellite office on State Road 135 and consolidated other offices to create a larger campus mirroring a similar location on the north side.

The expanded campus includes physician offices, an MRI office, pain management, and rehabilitation and chiropractic care and is staffed with orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine doctors, physical therapists and athletic trainers. The company served about 10,000 patients in its previous location, but that number was expected to triple once the new Greenwood campus opened.

Earlier this year, officials considered buying 6.5 acres south of the complex for a fieldhouse and had asked for that land to be rezoned to allow for the facility.

Last week, the city council removed that request, saying the company was no longer pursuing the development plans.

In a statement, Methodist Sports Medicine chief executive officer Thomas J. Mooney said: “Upon further evaluation, after opening our Greenwood facility in January, we decided that the best approach was to focus our efforts on delivering the finest orthopedic care possible to our southside patients. We will continue to evaluate the right timing for a possible expansion in that area and are keeping all of our options open.”

Company officials declined an interview request.

Officials had planned to use the complex to have space for rehabilitated injured athletes to test out their normal movements again before clearing them to get back in the game. If they were still having an issue, their therapy program could be tweaked; or doctors might spot another issue and make suggestions to help prevent a similar injury, company officials had said. Officials also said the facility could be used to host wellness or training programs for local businesses or groups.

The property remains zoned for multifamily residential use and already has a retention pond and a four-unit condominium building on it. City officials said a developer first started building on the land about 10 years ago and intended it to become a condo complex, but the housing market collapsed and the project was dropped.

Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.