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Adding to the SR-611 bridge over I-90

NEWS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 12-14-20 By MEGAN ROZSA

Avon City Council begins talks of Mercy road deal

``AVON -- City Council last night [12-13-10] took the first step toward authorizing a development agreement with Mercy Regional Medical Center for road improvements on SR 611, across from BJ's Wholesale Club. The hospital plans a large new facility at that location.

"They're paying for the whole thing," Planning Coordinator Jim Piazza said. "They're putting in a right turn lane off of Interstate 90 and making it a full intersection including BJ's and Mulligan's. They're also adding a lane on the south side."

Mercy will be responsible for improving the sanitary and storm sewer system at that intersection. The total project will cost nearly $170,000 ...

Once Avon council gives final approval, Mercy will go out to bid but won't start the project until the spring thaw. Mercy must complete the project within a year, unless council grants an extension ...

Council members last night [12-13-10] also went into behind closed doors to discuss a new three-year contract with the city firefighters union.''


NEWS ARTICLE from The Plain Dealer, 12-11-10, by Patrick O'Donnell

Federal funds to help 17 Northeast Ohio street and trail projects

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Streetscape projects and walking and bicycle trails in the area will get a $9 million boost from the federal government over the next three years.

Regional planners picked 17 projects across Northeast Ohio on Friday to split the money over that time, ranging from street beautification in Cleveland's Warehouse District and Tremont neighborhood, to trails connecting parks or linking existing paths in Geauga and Lake counties.

About $5 million will go to projects in Cuyahoga County.

The "Transportation Enhancement" projects are designed to improve the aesthetic or environmental aspects of transportation systems and are mandated by the federal government, said Michelle Johnson, a team leader for the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency.

"It's an improvement of quality of life, as it relates to transportation," she said.

Local governments or donors must pay at least 20 percent of each project. NOACA capped its contribution to any individual project at $600,000, paid as work is completed.

Work must be started by 2014. Full costs of individual projects were not available Friday.

The projects, by city or sponsoring agency, are:

Avon: Widen a bridge over [I-90] at Ohio SR 611 by 10 feet so residents can walk or bicycle to the YMCA or All Pro Freight Stadium, where the Lake Erie Crushers play. Federal contribution: $600,000 ...''


NEWS ARTICLE from The Sun, 12-11-10, By Cody Peck

``Grant to pay for revamp of Route 611 bridge in Avon

AVON -- The State Route 611 bridge over Interstate 90 will get a makeover following the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency's approval last week of a $600,000 transportation enhancement grant for the city.

That money, along with an additional $260,000 from the city, will be given to the Ohio Department of Transportation, which will make renovations to include five-foot sidewalks and five-foot bike trails on both sides of the bridge, along with sidewalks on both sides of state Route 611 throughout the entire ODOT limited access way.

In addition to that project, ODOT will repave and re-stripe SR 611 from the bridge to Detroit Road, eliminating the striping bottleneck just before the intersection near B.J.'s Wholesale Club. The city will pay one-third of the cost for this, which is approximately $158,000.

ODOT's involvement in the project is a bonus for Avon, according to City Engineer Rob Knopf.

"The original plan was for one 10-foot-wide multi-purpose path on the western side of the bridge with a sidewalk along the ODOT limited access way on that side only," he wrote in an e-mail, referring to what the city would have done if ODOT did not get involved. "We're essentially getting double the project for the same amount of money."

Knopf said the project will begin sometime in the first quarter of 2011 and be completed by mid-year of 2013. When construction is complete, it will create a pedestrian connection from the intersection where B.J.s is to Recreation Lane.

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Press, 11-4-10, By Rebecca Turman

[Mercy to build medical facility at SR 611 and I-90]

``AVON -- Mercy has officially submitted plans to the Avon Planning Commission for a medical facility to be built on 33 acres of land along I-90 and SR 611.

Mercy, formerly Community Health Partners [CHP], will present the plans before Avon Planning Commission during a Nov. 17 [2010] meeting.

"It will increase the value of that interchange," Avon Mayor Jim Smith said at Monday night's council meeting.

The overall site plans for the project include an 82,000-square-foot building on the property, along with an entrance to the property located just opposite of the entrance to BJ's Wholesale Club.

In March, Mercy President and CEO Edwin M. Oley announced the health care system had purchased the property in Avon, with plans to build a 100,000-square-foot facility to feature physician offices, an ambulatory surgery and comprehensive imaging center.

Though Mercy has submitted plans to the city, when contacted by The Press, Mercy Director of Marketing and Communications Kasha Frese said no further information was available.

In September [2010], Frese said Mercy hopes to break ground on the project "some time in the first quarter of 2011."

Anthony Lampasona, the contact listed for the project, could not be reached for comment before deadline. Lampasona is the vice president of tenant development at Landmark Healthcare Facilities in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

According to the website for the company, Landmark Healthcare facilitiesĀ "is a leading full-service developer of physician office buildings and clinics, ambulatory care and surgery centers, cardiac and cancer centers, imaging centers, fitness and women's centers and laboratories."''

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Press, 11-18-10, By Rebecca Turman

Mercy plans to bring 75-plus jobs to Avon with new medical facility

``AVON -- Avon Planning Commission members approved site development plans Wednesday [11-17-10] for an 82,000-square-foot medical office building to be built on Colorado Avenue, contingent on engineering issues being resolved within a 10-day period.

Mercy, a nonprofit medical health care system formerly known as Community Health Partners, is bringing the medical facility to the city, along with developer Landmark Healthcare Facilities, based in Milwaukee, Wisc.

According to the website for the company, Landmark Healthcare facilities "is a leading full-service developer of physician office buildings and clinics, ambulatory care and surgery centers, cardiac and cancer centers, imaging centers, fitness and women's centers and laboratories."

"Landmark is the developer and we are the owner of the land," Mercy Director of Marketing and Communications Kasha Frese said in an interview today.

During the meeting, Paul Sieben, an architect representing Mercy, said the health care system is excited about the project, which he noted would bring approximately 75 jobs to the city once it is opened. Roughly 50 to 100 individuals would be employed during the construction of the project, Sieben estimated.

"Mercy system is paying about $125,000 a year in taxes as well," he said ... In an interview, Frese clarified, "We (Mercy) are a nonprofit, so some aspects will be tax exempt." However, she added that Landmark is a for-profit company.

Sieben said the three-story building would include an ambulatory surgery center, a diagnostic surgery center and physician offices. "We tried to create green spaces," he added of the layout.

The proposed facility sits on approximately 12 acres of land, with another 10 remaining, according to a representative ...

The hope is to begin construction on the project in the spring, Sieben said. "We expect to be complete within 12 months (of [starting] construction)," he added ...''

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