September 23, 2014

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Cleveland Clinic plans Avon facility

AVON — The Cleveland Clinic has big plans for Avon.

The Cleveland-based hospital unveiled conceptual plans for a 170,000-square-foot outpatient facility during Friday’s meeting of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency and urged the agency’s board to approve a proposed interchange at Interstate 90 and Lear Nagle Road.

The 40-acre site would be located next to Henkel Corp.

“We definitely would like to see it built,” said Cleveland Clinic spokesman Martin McGann. “We started our public support (for the interchange) today.”

The facility wouldn’t be contingent on the interchange, he said, but could eventually grow to 350,000 square feet if the right economic factors were in place.

Specific plans for the site are still in their premature phases, McGann said, but the facility could be expanded to include physician offices and medical facilities.

The new facility won’t impact the clinic’s medical facilities on Clemens Road in Westlake, which are at full capacity, but will help alleviate space concerns the Westlake location is dealing with.

Some of the services may move from Westlake to Avon, McGann said, but the Avon facility is by no means a replacement.

“We just ran out of space,” he said.

Avon Mayor Jim Smith said he isn’t surprised by the clinic’s interest in Avon.

“We’re one of the busiest cities in the county,” he said. “They’re looking for feeder systems for their downtown clinic, so they want to have a presence here.”

McGann disregarded the possibility that support for the interchange could founder with the clinic’s Avon unveiling and said that with three separate medical facilities in Westlake, it’s an area the clinic is committed to.

Of the clinic’s current $1.25 billion in construction and capital improvements projects, 90 percent is being spent in Cuyahoga County, and nearly half of the hospital’s employees live in Cleveland and other Cuyahoga suburbs.

Jim Piazza, Avon planning coordinator, said the city has yet to review any plans for the
facility.

Contact Stephen Szucs at 336-4016 or sszucs@chroniclet.com.