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Avon Planning Commission approves Cleveland Clinic expansion

Avon planners approved an expansion of the Richard Jacobs Health Center. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Avon planners approved an expansion of the Richard Jacobs Health Center. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

AVON — The Cleveland Clinic’s plan to expand the Richard E. Jacobs Health Center got approval from the the city’s Planning Commission on Wednesday.

City Planning Coordinator Jim Piazza said construction is expected to begin in the spring.

Representatives of the Cleveland Clinic presented their plan to expand the facility during a Planning Commission meeting in November, but the commission lacked a quorum to approve it.

The proposal includes adding 100 beds to the 190,000-square-foot facility and a seven-floor bed tower. The expansion represents an addition of approximately 250,000 square feet with 25 to 30 rooms on each floor.

Also approved during the meeting was a plan to build a dome over the Avon Oaks Country Club’s tennis courts.

The plan will be forwarded to City Council, which will have to issue a special use permit for the dome to be built, Piazza said.

In August, residents living around the country club spoke out against the proposal, saying that the dome would be an eyesore and would lower property values. Representatives with Avon Oaks said the dome would allow tennis players to play year-round and would attract business.

The Planning Commission also amended the city’s Major Thoroughfare Plan to make way for a 49-home subdivision on the northwest corner of Jaycox and Riegelsberger roads.

The development, Creekside Place, was proposed by Garland-Griffin Homes, and plans have been moving forward since it first was presented to the Planning Commission back in April.

A proposal showed Schwartz Road connecting with Livingston Drive, although there is no such connection, nor was one spelled out in the city’s master plan for roads. The proposal required amending the plan so that the project could continue.

Piazza said the Planning Commission approved amending the street plan despite a petition signed by 35 residents who live on the road which would connect with Livingston Drive. Those residents have protested the subdivision and criticized plans for construction in the area, which is a known flood plain.

Piazza said, due to some engineering issues with the flood plain, the project has been placed on hold until February so that issues can be ironed out.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.