Mercy Medical Center Plans Expansion; Ohio City to Receive 72 Market-Rate Apartments
By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor
Canton’s Mercy Medical Center plans to increase the size of its emergency department. According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the hospital is looking to finalize plans for the 14.5 million-square-foot renovation and construction project.
First, the plans have to be approved this month by the hospital’s board. If this happens, Mercy Medical can start construction in January. The project will increase the size of the ER from 33 beds to 48 beds, all in private rooms. It also includes renovating the hospital’s lobby, expanding the admitting area and installing a new outpatient laboratory. Finally, a Subway restaurant will replace a McDonald’s that recently closed on the campus.
Mercy Medical expects construction to take between 15 and 18 months. The project will be financed with the help of donations and through hospital operations.
In other news, Freshwater Cleveland announced that The Foran Group plans to turn a pair of historic buildings in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood into 70 market-rate apartments. It will be the first big housing project to be developed in Ohio City since the Great Recession.
Rick Foran of The Foran Group has partnered with developer Christopher Smythe on the West 25th Street Lofts project, which has been in the works for several years. It was sidelined when the economy collapsed and financing dried up.
The two buildings at the corner of West 25th and Church are the historic Baehr Brewing Company building, constructed in the 1870s, and the former Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority on Church. They will be transformed into an apartment complex with include first floor garage parking, an interior courtyard, and 9,000 square feet of commercial space.
The West 25th Street Lofts project calls for the incorporation of existing historic features into the apartments. The two-story Baehr Brewing Company building will be completely restored on the exterior to federal historic standards.
Rick Foran hopes the project will bring new life to the neighborhood. He also hopes to close on his financing early next year, start construction immediately after, and have renters moving in by May 2014.