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    Filed on July 9, 2014 by Jon Wysochanski

    AVON -- The value of commercial permits issued in the city is on track to exceed $100 million in 2014.

    Avon Finance Director Bill Logan said about $53 million in commercial and industrial projects are under construction in the city.

    Logan said key projects include The Woods of Avon nursing home and Cambria Suites Hotel and Residence Inn. Smaller-scale commercial projects include Auto Zone, Mr. Tire, Aldi, Bar 145 and Winking Lizard.

    "If some of these larger projects like the Cleveland Clinic expansion and new rehab center get underway here this year, we could surpass $100 million," Logan said.

    According to information in the city's annual financial reports, Avon has seen 20 businesses open and 18 additions or expansions to businesses since 2007.

    Logan said commercial development eases tax burdens on citizens.

    "It's certainly great for the commercial tax base so that hopefully our residents don't have to pay higher taxes for services and amenities throughout the city," he said.

    New-home construction permits continue to hold steady, according to information in the annual financial reports from the past seven years.

    Logan said 72 home permits have been issued so far in 2014. He said if things keep pace, new-home construction in the city will surpass last year's total of 122 permits.

    Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen said the valuation of new commercial and industrial developments in Avon, as well as new home construction permits issued this year, is a sign of continued growth and success.

    "We'll have over $100 million in new development this year alone, which is huge," Jensen said.

    Contact Jon Wysochanski at jwysochanski@chroniclet.com



    Plans move forward for Select Medical rehab center in Avon

    Filed on July 8, 2014 by Jon Wysochanski

    AVON -- Construction of a rehabilitation center on Health Campus Boulevard is moving forward.

    City Council discussed Monday authorizing a special-use permit for Pennsylvania-based Select Medical to open a 60-bed, 60,000-square-foot inpatient rehabilitation center adjacent to the Richard E. Jacobs Health Center.

    Avon Planning Director Jim Piazza said the Select Medical rehab center is affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic, but the project should not be confused with the separate expansion of the Jacobs Health Center.

    The health center expansion, approved by the Planning Commission in December, includes adding 100 beds to the 190,000-square-foot facility and a seven-floor bed tower. The addition will add 250,000 square feet with 25 to 30 rooms on each floor, according to previous Chronicle-Telegram reports.

    Piazza said the center will mesh well with patients who have had surgeries that require inpatient rehab ... Piazza said City Council must issue a special-use permit because the rehab center is classified as a hospital, since there will be overnight stays. Hospitals in districts zoned C-4 are allowable only with a special-use permit, he said.

    Dan Blaker, vice president of design and construction for Select Medical, said company officials carefully reviewed their options before selecting Avon. Blaker said the facility will be "an asset to the community." ...

    Blaker said Select Medical officials visited Cleveland Monday afternoon to discuss design options with Cleveland Clinic leaders ...

    Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen told Blaker he's glad to see the project moving forward ...

    Piazza said Select Medical is working on the architectural drawings for a building permit, and construction is slated to start this summer. Blaker said the center should see its first patients in 15 to 17 months.

    Piazza said the facility will employ about 200 people. Select Medical already planned Phase 2 of the site for a future 44-bed addition, Blaker said. "Ultimately we'd be looking at a 104-bed state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospital," he said.

    Contact Jon Wysochanski at jwysochanski@chroniclet.com



    Rose Senior Living plans congregate care facility at Avon Place, near Cleveland Clinic hospital

    By Michelle Jarboe McFee

    August 19, 2014

    AVON, Ohio -- Add another large project to the growing health-and-medical lineup at Avon Place, where a Michigan company hopes to open the first phase of a congregate care facility by mid-2016.

    Rose Senior Living is planning a 190,000-square-foot building that will offer independent living, assisted living and memory care. The 175-unit facility, with dining and recreation areas, will be the first phase of a larger development that could include 76 townhouses and other construction.

    Working with Rose, developer Marc Strauss of Willoughby Hills has arranged a deal to buy roughly 50 acres at Avon Place, a master-planned project near the new Interstate 90 interchange at Nagel Road. During an interview Tuesday morning, Strauss said he plans to turn over 32 acres to Rose for the first two phases of the congregate care project. The remaining 18 acres will be earmarked for future development.

    "With this deal for a Rose Senior Living project in place, the Avon Place development continues to gain momentum, especially since it comes on the heels of our recent announcements of the new rehab hospital, a hospital tower, preschool, hotel and event center all under way," Jim Eppele, executive vice president at Jacobs Real Estate Services, said in a written statement.

    Jacobs, an affiliate of the Richard E. Jacobs Group of Westlake, is marketing the land at Avon Place. Of the 200-plus acres that Jacobs started ... [See Below] the Cleveland Clinic took down the largest chunk of land for its Richard E. Jacobs Health Center, which is now expanding. The Clinic also recently formed a joint venture with Select Medical to build a 60-bed, adult inpatient rehabilitation hospital on the site.

    The Rose Senior Living project will occupy the northeast quadrant of Avon Place, along Krebs Road near Porter Creek. The developer is Edward Rose & Sons, which has similar properties in Michigan and Tennessee. Ecumen, a company based in Minneapolis, will manage the Avon facility ... Avon Place offered plentiful land and a site next to a Cleveland Clinic hospital. And the city had added congregate care to its zoning code in 2001.

    Paul Mott, director of asset acquisition for Edward Rose & Sons, said Avon's growth, the I-90 interchange, proximity to the Clinic and Northeast Ohio's aging population drove the company's decision to build here.

    The first phase of the Avon project will include 72 independent-living apartments, 63 assisted-living units and 38 rooms for memory-care patients, plus two guest suites. Including land acquisition, that project will cost roughly $25 million, Mott said. The townhouses in the second phase might cost $5.7 million ...

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    [Jacobs Land Acquistions]

    NEWS ARTICLE from The Sun, 6-26-08, By Bryan Story, bstory@sunnews.com

    AVON -- The Richard E. Jacobs Group is continuing to buy up land near the site of the proposed Interstate 90 interchange at Nagel Road.

    The Jacobs group acquired an 89-acre parcel on the north side of Chester Road just west of Jaycox Road, costing $8.9 million ...


    NEWS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 9-21-08, By Scot Allyn, sallyn@MorningJournal.com

    Jacobs Group buying property around proposed I-90 interchange

    AVON -- In spite of a Wall Street meltdown, plunging retail sales and nationally new home starts sinking to their lowest level since 1991, one Cleveland-area developer ... [has] acquired more land this summer near the future Nagel Road interchange on Interstate 90.

    In August [2008], The Richard E. Jacobs Group closed a deal on 103 acres on the north side of Chester Road west of Jaycox Road for $3 million, across the street from 88 acres it purchased in June. Tomorrow [9-22-08], Avon City Council will vote on rezoning for part of the acreage that would allow stores, office space, restaurants and hotels to be built in the wooded area.

    This summer's acquisition is in addition to 213 acres the Jacobs Group bought in 1999 from the Norfolk Southern Railway on Nagel Road, north of Interstate 90, according to Jim Eppele, vice president for real estate development for the Richard E. Jacobs Group ...

    The Jacobs Group sold 40 acres of the 213-acre parcel to the Cleveland Clinic, which plans a medical center there, according to Heather Phillips, a Clinic spokeswoman.

    The Jacobs Group is also developing the Avon Crossing retail center at Chester Road and SR 83, where a 104,000-square-foot J.C. Penney store is scheduled to open Saturday [9-27-08]. The J.C. Penney store will include a 1,500-square-foot Sephora cosmetics and perfume center inside, according to J.C. Penney's spokesman Tim Lyons ...



    NEWS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 1-29-10, By RICHARD PAYERCHIN rpayerchin@MorningJournal.com

    [Governor Strickland fast tracks Avon's Nagel Road interchange]

    AVON -- The new Interstate 90 exit at Nagel Road in Avon is in the fast lane for development.

    Ohio's Transportation Review Advisory Council voted yesterday [1-28-10] to create a new FAST TRAC review process to speed review of key transportation projects around the state.

    No. 1 on the list: the Nagel Road interchange, a $23.7 million project that will connect the road to I-90, a new five-lane Nagel Road bridge and upgrades at the intersection of Lear [Nagel] and Chester roads. The highway exit was one of five the TRAC picked yesterday for the FAST TRAC process.

    "That means as fast as we can go, they'll work with us," Avon Mayor Jim Smith said ... If all goes smoothly, the project could be bid this year, with construction starting in 2011 and finishing in late 2012, cutting at least eight months -- maybe more -- from the original project schedule, Smith said.

    The intersection will be home to one of the Cleveland Clinic's newest facilities as the medical giant builds the new $97.9 million Avon Family Health & Surgery Center.

    The 186,000-square-foot facility, set to open in 2011, will offer primary care services and more than 30 specialty services, including physical therapy, aquatic therapy, an ambulatory surgery center and a 24-hour emergency room. It also will bring 400 jobs to the city and generate approximately $1 million in city and state taxes annually ...

    The city will pay for one-third of the project, mostly with income taxes generated by the new jobs around the site. Nearby property owner Richard E. Jacobs Group will pay for another third of the project, and the final third will be generated through tax increment financing [TIF], a funding method that uses property taxes to pay for infrastructure improvements. [Avon taxpayers are really paying the TIF taxes; so Avon is paying two thirds, not one third.]

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    Bendix eyes move to Avon

    Filed on November 25, 2014 by Jon Wysochanski

    AVON -- Elyria-based Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems possibly is eyeing a move to Avon.

    Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen said the company first called Avon officials November 3 [2014] requesting a meeting because they were interested in learning more about available land and what the city has to offer.

    Bendix officials were looking for about 35 acres and expressed interest in land along Interstate 90 as close to the Nagel Road interchange as possible, Jensen said. The city talked with Bendix officials about three parcels of land, including one on Nagel Road and two on Chester Road. On November 4, Avon officials met with Bendix officials informally and the company asked if the city would like to put together a proposal, Jensen said.

    That first phone call came one week before Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda first informed members of City Council that Bendix was contemplating a move. On Friday, Avon presented Bendix with information on the city's credit ratings, schools, growth rate and tax incentives should Bendix choose to build a new location.

    Jensen said Avon typically offers companies like Bendix 10-year, 75 percent property tax abatements as an incentive. If Bendix were to come to Avon, land [along Nagel Road] it is interested in would include a 15-year, 50 percent property tax abatement, he said, because [that land] falls under a zoning category with special tax abatement stipulations.

    Land along Chester and Nagel roads has been developing at a rapid pace all year, with multiple businesses popping up one after another. There are four projects along Nagel Road taking shape worth more than $200 million, and multiple other projects under construction in other parts of the city.

    The information Avon provided Bendix isn't an official proposal, but Jensen said it's what the city initially gives any company interested in setting up shop in Avon, and it highlights the positives the city has to offer.

    "We've given (Bendix) a generic proposal so far," Jensen said. "If they are looking to remodel, we feel like Elyria is the best place for them, and they should stay there. But if they are looking to build new and move, we'd love to have them in Avon and keep them in Lorain County."

    Jensen said after Friday's meeting with Bendix officials he came away with the feeling the company is seeking more and better incentives. Jensen said Bendix also has been looking into land somewhere near Chicago, and he wasn't aware of the company talking with any other cities in Lorain County besides Avon ...

    Bendix, a subsidiary of the Knorr-Bremse Group, supplies air brakes, charging and control systems and components, wheel-end and electronic braking systems, vehicle modules and safety technologies under the Bendix brand name for medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks, tractors, trailers, buses and other commercial vehicles.

    Beyond its Elyria headquarters, Bendix has manufacturing plants in Mexico, Bowling Green, Ky., and Huntington, Ind., as well as engineering facilities in Kalamazoo, Mich., Santa Ana, Calif., and Canada.

    According to previous reports, costs to rebuild at Bendix's current location would be about $25 million, and relocating outside the city could cost the company about $60 million.

    Bendix, one of Elyria's largest employers, brings in about $800,000 in income tax revenue and supplies 450 jobs. Elyria officials have offered the company an incentive package to stay in the city they've called their home for 73 years.

    Elyria's proposal to Bendix last week came with multiple incentives, including:

  • Property tax exemptions worth $250,000 to $350,000 per year for up to 30 years

  • Tax increment financing [TIFF] options which allow the city to provide tax exemptions up to 100 percent for as long as 30 years

  • City income tax exemptions worth up to $1 million for 15 years

  • Sales tax exemptions on construction materials up to $812,500

  • Federal income tax credits to investors in the project worth up to $5 million

  • Building permit fee discounts worth $117,500

  • Help with recruitment and retention of employees

  • Road improvements to Cleveland Street

  • State income tax credits

  • Financing for clean energy improvements

    "The city and its partners feel as if we have put forth a strong comprehensive and competitive proposal in good faith," Brinda said. "We only hope our 73-year partner continues to invest in the community that has invested in them." Brinda, who said she knew Bendix has been talking with Avon officials, said the ball is in Bendix's court ...

    Bendix spokeswoman Barbara Gould did not return a call seeking comment Monday night regarding the company's talks with Avon, but she said previously in an email message that Bendix is evaluating a number of possible expansions and updates to the Elyria facility. Gould also said last week that no decisions have been made regarding plans for the Elyria headquarters.

    Contact Jon Wysochanski at jwysochanski@chroniclet.com



    Bendix takes visit to Avon

    By Kaylee Remington, The Morning Journal

    Posted 11/25/14

    Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, based in Elyria, is looking to either remodel its headquarters or move to Avon.

    Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen said that on November 3 [2014], Bendix contacted the city to set up a meeting. The next day the company met with the city to get an idea of what Bendix was looking for. "They asked us to present them with a proposal on November 21, so we met with them again on the 21st," Jensen said.

    Bendix looks to have some what of an interest with land near Interstate 90 in Avon. "We looked at a few sites that may have what they're looking for; they’re looking for 35 acres," Jensen said. "We're not trying to help them find an area, we just try to make sure we have something available."

    Jensen said it would be great for Bendix to stay in Elyria, but if it wanted to relocate and have a new building, he said Avon is the next best site. It's important to keep the company in Lorain County, he said ... Avon provided Bendix information on the school ratings ISO report and other information, he said ...

    Barbara Gould, director, communications and brand management for Bendix, said that the company is evaluating a number of options and has not yet reached a decision. The facility located at 901 Cleveland St., used to be a manufacturing building, but now it has [changed] to research and development ...

    The city of Elyria put forth an incentive package that, taken as a whole, could reduce the overall $25 million cost to rebuild the Bendix building by about 50 percent, Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda said, without taking into account either the additional public investments in Cleveland Street Business District infrastructure improvements, any state level assistance that may be available to the company for the project, or Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing ...

    Brinda said the city is offering Bendix the opportunity to rebuild its facility at the fraction of the cost of the building. "Even if another community offers incentives, I believe Elyria's package will hold up if they are considering staying in Elyria," she said. "In addition, if Bendix leaves Elyria, it will have the added costs of remediating their current facility and moving their operations." The Elyria City School District and the Lorain County Port Authority also have participated in conversations to keep Bendix in Elyria ...

    Reach the author at kremington@morningjournal.com



    GetGo eying new location on Just Imagine Drive; [Avon] considers natural gas possibilities

    Filed by nicolehennessy November 27th, 2014 in News.

    By Nicole Hennessy

    With plenty of vacant or undeveloped lots, Just Imagine Drive and the area around it is, in many ways, like Avon itself -- a visualization of what some may refer to as progress alongside plenty of room for future development.

    One of the most recent developers to move toward a Just Imagine location is Giant Eagle's gas station franchise, GetGo, which is hoping to build a station at the corner of Just Imagine Drive and Nagel Road.

    Addressing the Avon Planning Commission November 19 [2014], Giant Eagle representative Todd Waldo presented a final development plan, asking the city to approve the construction of a 6,125-square-foot convenience store, restaurant and fuel station that would include outdoor dining tables and an exterior gas generator.

    Waldo told the commission the fueling station is a new concept for the company and would be "one of the first of this particular brand in Ohio." A focus on fresh food with a restaurant and indoor and outdoor dining component would be included along with eight fueling stations, as well as the possibility of a car wash and natural gas fueling station.

    The planning commission recommended GetGo's development plan, the proposal, as well as a special use permit for the outdoor dining and generator, to council for approval.

    At the planning meeting, Mayor Bryan Jensen chimed in, asking Waldo about the natural gas component. "With the natural gas vehicles we've looked at in the past, we just haven't been able to partner with the right person yet to trial that," he said ...

    Pam Fetcher, Avon's economic development coordinator, added that where the city has found interest, the problem seems to be that there aren't very many natural gas fueling stations. "The closest station, I think, is in Bedford," planning coordinator Jim Piazza said, mentioning a private facility ... While city utilization of natural gas at the new GetGo may remain a part of the conversation, first the focus will be on approving and building the station.

    Closing his presentation with no additional comments from the commission, Waldo, again, expressed his company's interest in the area. "There's a lot of activity at that corner," he said of Nagel and Just Imagine. "We're hoping to be a part of the synergy that's created with the developments that are under construction now and the ones that will be constructed in the future."

    Contact Niccole Hennessey at nicohennes@gmail.com

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    By Kaylee Remington, The Morning Journal

    Posted: 04/15/15

    Meijer made its case to the Avon Planning Commission April 15 to start its plan to build in the city.

    The company came to the planning commission meeting to request approval and a recommendation to City Council to approve a special use permit to include a generator.

    Also on the agenda was a request from Meijer to approve the site plan for the retail store and convenience store with a fuel station to be located on Middleton Road.

    Both of the motions were passed by the planning commission during the meeting. The entrance to the store will be on Middleton Road, according to Pam Fechter, assistant planning coordinator ...

    According to Chris Jones, real estate manager with Meijer, they will be building out Middleton Road from Nagel Road, but it won't be connecting to the current location of Middleton Road which comes out on Detroit and Jaycox roads. This road will be to the south of the store, which will be built on the west side of Nagel, near the Interstate 90 exit, and will dead-end once it reaches the end of Meijer's property.

    Avon Planning Coordinator Jim Piazza said Middleton Road will eventually be built out more, but that won't be until years from now. A traffic light will be at Middleton Road and Nagel Road.

    The 192,940-square-foot main store and 2,509-square-foot convenience store with a gas station, has set plans to build at the southwest corner of I-90 and Nagel Road, Avon Planning Coordinator Jim Piazza said. The grocer would sit on 23 acres of land, he added.

    Jones said they worked with the city diligently and had plans submitted and adjusted the plans to accommodate everything they could.

    There are 772 parking spots on the site, Jones said ...

    "These stores typically employ 210 people," he said. “We're a private company, we have 213 stores.

    We're a family business, Meijer still owns the business."

    Jones added they donate 6 percent to charity.

    Meijer locally sources with farmers and prides itself on fresh produce, Jones said. It also will allow tenants to lease space in the front of the store, such as Starbucks, Subway or Auntie Anne's Pretzels.

    The grocer will have to go to City Council for the final approval of the special use permit, Piazza said.

    The grocery store is open 24 hours a day, he said, adding that the closest location is in Sandusky.

    Piazza said this is Meijer's first venture into the Cleveland area.

    Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen said there have been a lot of rumors about the store coming to the area.

    "We have a lot of businesses that want to come to Avon," he previously said. "And for what we've seen, Meijer will be another great addition to the city. It's still exciting that things in Avon are happening."

    In other news, Granger Group is requesting approval of a general development plan for First & Main, a senior living community located on Detroit Road.

    Phase one will consist of 44 memory care units and 66 assisted living units. Project investment will be $40 million, according to a presentation. Phase two of the project is still to be determined.

    The construction of the facility will create 400 local construction jobs. The facility itself will create 40 permanent jobs.

    Reach the author at kremington@morningjournal.com



    Meijer superstore could be coming to Avon

    By Michael Sangiacomo

    The Plain Dealer Sun News

    March 20, 2015

    AVON, Ohio -- The grocery-houseware giant Meijer has applied to the Avon Planning Commission to build a massive, 24-hour superstore on Nagel Road south of Interstate 90.

    Planning Coordinator James Piazza said the main store will be nearly 194,000 square feet. Counting the 2,600-square-foot gas station, it will be the largest or second largest stores in the city, being close in size to the proposed Menards that will be located nearby.

    The new Meijer store will be even larger than Walmart, which is located off Ohio 83, one exit away on I-90.

    Piazza said the store will be permitted under the city's zoning code, but a special exception must be granted to allow the gas station, which will be equipped with generators.

    The petition will be considered at the April 15 [2015] planning commission meeting. It will then have to be approved by City Council.

    Piazza said the superstore will be located on the west side of Nagel Road, just off the I-90 exit. The new Levin's furniture store will be across the street.

    "Meijer will not be accessible by Nagel Road," Piazza said. "To avoid traffic problems, Middleton Road will be completed to run from Jaycox to Nagel. Shoppers will be able to get into Meijer from Middleton Road."

    The store will be built on a 23-acre piece of land. The opening date and the number of employees have not yet been announced ...

    Meijer is a national chain based in Grand Rapids, Mich., with more than 200 stores nationwide. In addition to groceries, the superstores include a pharmacy, and sells housewares, appliances and many other items.



    Meijer in talks for Avon location on Nagel Road

    Filed on March 20, 2015 by Jon Wysochanski

    AVON -- ... Avon Planning Director Jim Piazza said Thursday that Michigan-based Meijer intends to build a 192,900-square-foot grocery and retail store on 23 acres on the southwest corner of Interstate 90 and Nagel Road.

    Meijer also has indicated it will build a 2,600-square-foot convenience store and gas station in front of the store, too, Piazza said ...

    Meijer has more than 40 stores in Ohio in areas around Toledo, Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati. An Avon store would be the second location in north-central Ohio, the first being in Sandusky.

    Frank Guglielmi, Meijer senior director of communication, said a typical Meijer location, which is open 24 hours, includes a pharmacy, garden center and gas station with convenience store and employs around 300 people in a combination of full- and part-time positions.

    Guglielmi said it's too early to provide a development timeline and the privately held company doesn't release projected investment costs.

    "We currently have the site in Avon under contract (to purchase) and are in the due diligence phase," he said in an email message. "We do not own the property yet." ...

    "This (Meijer) takes care of all the commercially zoned property on the south side (of Interstate 90) right now," Piazza said. "The property owners to the west of the location could request rezoning but they haven't done so yet."

    A second project on seven acres of land along Detroit Road near the Vintage House Cafe just east of State Route 83 also was announced Thursday.

    Economic Development Coordinator Pam Fechter said Michigan-based Granger Group intends to build a First and Main congregate care facility.

    Fechter said the two-phase project calls for construction of a 100,000-square-foot building with 104 units of assisted living in the first phase and 64,000-square-feet of additional space for 40 more units in the second phase.

    Both projects will be discussed during an April 15 [2015] Planning Commission meeting.

    Contact Jon Wysochanski at jwysochanski@chroniclet.com.



    Meijer grocery store looking to build in Avon

    By Kaylee Remington, The Morning Journal

    Posted: 03/19/15

    The businesses keep pouring in as Avon is set to hear from grocery store Meijers which has officially applied with the city to build a store, according to Planning Coordinator Jim Piazza.

    The 192,940-square-foot main store and 2,600-square-foot convenience store with a gas station, has set plans to build at the southwest corner of Interstate 90 and Nagel Road, he said. The grocer would sit on 23 acres of land, he added ...

    Meijer will come before the Planning Commission April 15, he said.

    The grocer will have to go to City Council for a special use permit because of the gas station and a generator, Piazza said.

    The grocery store is open 24 hours a day, he said, adding that the closest location is in Sandusky.

    "This is the first venture in the Cleveland area," Piazza said. "It's a biggie."

    Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen said that there have been a lot of rumors about the store coming to the area.

    "We have a lot of businesses that want to come to Avon," he said. "And for what we've seen, Meijer will be another great addition to the city. It's still exciting that things in Avon are happening."

    Pam Fechter, the city's economic development and assistant planning coordinator, also said that there will be a congregate care facility looking to call Avon home as well.

    This item also will be looked at during the April [4-15-15] [Planning] Commission meeting.

    The project will be in two phases, she said. The first phase will be 100,000 square feet with 109 assisted living beds, and the project will be on Detroit Road, east of Route 83. Fechter said phase two is not yet finalized, but may have roughly 40 beds ...

    Reach the author at kremington@morningjournal.com



    Bendix announces departure from Elyria

    Filed on February 25, 2015 by Lisa Roberson

    ELYRIA -- Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is leaving Elyria.

    The company announced Tuesday that it plans to build a new headquarters within a 20-mile radius of its dated Cleveland Street facility ...

    The company employs more than 450 employees in Elyria that collectively are responsible for more than $800,000 in income tax revenue. It is one of the city's largest employers ...

    Bendix, a subsidiary of the Knorr-Bremse Group, supplies air brakes, charging and control systems and components, wheel-end and electronic braking systems, vehicle modules and leading-edge safety technologies under the Bendix brand name for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, tractors, trailers, buses and other commercial vehicles ...

    The Knorr-Bremse Group likes new, energy efficient, open buildings that have room for expansion. Beyond its Elyria headquarters, Bendix has manufacturing plants in Mexico, Bowling Green, Ky., and Huntington, Ind., as well as engineering facilities in Kalamazoo, Mich., Santa Ana, Calif., and Canada.

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    [Bendix is coming to Avon]

    Filed on July 24, 2015 by Chronicle-Telegram Staff

    Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC will build its new headquarters in Avon.

    The company announced Friday that it has signed an agreement to purchase about 60 acres of land about 10 miles from its current locale in Elyria.

    A groundbreaking date has not been set as the company is awaiting final approvals from state and local entities.

    The company announced in February [2015] that it would build a new headquarters campus in Northeast Ohio. Elyria officials tried to convince the longstanding company to stay in Elyria to no avail.

    Bendix is the North American leader in the development and manufacture of leading-edge active safety and braking system technologies for commercial vehicles. The move to Avon will enable Bendix to further expand its business and sustain its ability to develop solutions to meet the needs of the commercial vehicle industry, the company said in a release.

    "We are pleased to select Avon as the community for our future and excited about this next chapter in our history," said Joe McAleese, Bendix chairman. "Our new location allows Bendix to continue drawing from the skilled workforce in Northeast Ohio that has contributed so importantly to our success."

    "The site in Avon will not only allow us to remain in Lorain County, but will accommodate the expanded, updated facility required to maintain and accelerate the rapid growth we've experienced, particularly over the past dozen years. We remain deeply grateful to Elyria for the support it has shown us over our many decades as a part of the community."

    More than 550 members of the organization's workforce, which numbers more than 3,000 people, are employed in Elyria, overseeing the company's research, development, engineering, testing, sales, and marketing.

    Bendix established its Elyria headquarters in 1941, when the company was known as Bendix-Westinghouse.



    Bendix announces move to Avon

    By Patrick Williams, The Morning Journal

    Posted: 07/24/15

    Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC announced July 24 that it will relocate its headquarters from Elyria to a 60-acre site in Avon.

    "We are pleased to select Avon as the community for our future and excited about this next chapter in our history," said Joe McAleese, Bendix chairman. "Our new location allows Bendix to continue drawing from the skilled workforce in Northeast Ohio that has contributed so importantly to our success"

    Bendix, a developer and manufacturer of active safety and braking system technologies for commercial vehicles, announced in February that it would construct a new headquarters in Northeast Ohio.

    "There's definitely excitement," said Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen. “We've been working with Bendix for months now."

    City officials wanted to make sure Bendix stayed in Lorain County, Jensen said.

    The company told Avon officials that its long-term goal is to eventually double its income, he said.

    The new headquarters will be on the north side of Chester Road between state Route 83 and Jaycox Road, east of where the new Menards is going in, Jensen said.

    The move will allow the company to grow, while at the same time remain in Lorain County, McAleese said.

    The company has seen significant growth in the past dozen years, he said.

    Until the new headquarters is constructed, Bendix will continue operating out of its Elyria location, which employs more than 550 people out of the company's total workforce ...

    Reach the author at pwilliams@morningjournal.com

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