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Update: Strongsville voters will decide the rezoning issue in November.

O'Neill Management is planning a $20 million redevelopment of the former Garnett School site in Fairview Park. The proposed Garnett Health Campus would be larger than 100,000 square feet, with 118 nursing home beds and 38 assisted living suites. The company intends to seek a seven-year tax abatement for the project. Some residents expressed concerns about the development.

Steven Litt of the Plain Dealer said that the ongoing renovation of the former St. Luke's Hospital in Cleveland's Buckeye neighborhood "embodies a compassionate vision that combines historic preservation, strong contemporary architecture and urban design, high educational aspirations for Cleveland's children, affordable housing and an emphasis on mass transit." Joel Ratner of Neighborhood Progress Inc. described the project in the Cleveland Jewish News.

The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority broke ground for a senior housing development at Lee Road and Miles Avenue in Cleveland. The three-story Lee Road Senior Building will provide 40 units for seniors (PDF) who want remain in their current neighborhood.

Local officials celebrated the groundbreaking for the Euclid Belmore Building on Euclid Avenue in East Cleveland. The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (PDF) hopes to open the 39-unit senior housing complex in July.

Update: the Land Bank posted video of the event.

The City of Lakewood received one response to its RFP for the redevelopment of the former Spitzer dealership on Detroit Avenue, a proposal for low-income senior housing from the NRP Group. The proposed $7.8 million Parkwood Pointe development would be three stories tall and include 40 rental units.

Update: Lakewood Patch published a brief article about the proposal.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Friday for the redevelopment of the former St. Luke's Hospital in Cleveland. The project's $15.1 million first phase will rehabilitate the central wing as 72 units of senior housing that will be called St. Luke's Manor. The Ohio EPA recently declared that brownfield remediation is complete (PDF) for the 5.19-acre site.

The renovation of the former St. Luke's Medical Center will begin this week. The project's first phase will convert the central wing to 72 units of senior housing, and should be completed in 2012. The three-phase project could be completed by 2013.

Update: a Plain Dealer editorial called it "a perfect fit for this family-centered neighborhood."

Fairhill Partners continues to raise funds for its planned Kinship Village, which would offer 29 kinship care residences at its Cleveland campus.

Developer Pirhl purchased a property near the intersection of Chagrin Boulevard and Lee Road in Shaker Heights for its planned Library Court senior housing development. The company intends to break ground on the 44-unit project in May.

The first phase of the Cedar Center redevelopment in South Euclid will include 49 units of senior housing in four stories above one story of retail space.

Parma City Council approved a rezoning that will allow the construction of the planned senior housing development on State Road. It's the first time the City has used its new mixed-use zoning classification.

The proposed senior housing development on State Road in Parma includes two 50-unit apartment buildings and 12 duplexes. Franciscan Communities hopes to begin construction in 2011.

The owner of the assisted-living Mount Alverna Villages on State Road in Parma wants to build a senior housing development adjacent to it.

The Ohio Department of Mental Health selected a site along Euclid Avenue between East 55th and East 63rd streets for the new $84 million regional psychiatric hospital. It will replace aging facilities at the MetroHealth campus on Cleveland's west side and in Sagamore Hills Township. The 14-acre site was previously targeted for redevelopment as the Midtown Technology Center. Meanwhile, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency awarded affordable housing tax credits to six projects in Cuyahoga County, including two controversial planned developments in Midtown. Emerald Alliance V, a permanent supportive housing development, received $1 million. A neighboring planned senior housing development received $915,122.

Local stakeholders differ in their visions for the future of the Euclid Avenue corridor in Cleveland's Midtown neighborhood. MidTown Cleveland Inc.'s master plan calls for redeveloping the area as a technology and health district, yet current development proposals are more heavily institutional and residential. The City of Cleveland is promoting the proposed Midtown Technology Center site as a location for a new state psychiatric hospital. MidTown Cleveland is not opposing the hospital concept, but objects to the Cleveland Housing Networks plans to build permanent supportive housing and Pirhl's proposed senior housing project. Carole Cohen considers the flexibility of master plans.

On March 31, the Ohio Supreme Court affirmed a lower court decision (PDF) and upheld the results of a March 2008 ballot issue in Solon, where voters had rejected a rezoning for a proposed senior housing development on a site near near Hawthorne Valley Country Club. Supporters of developer TransCon Builders asked the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision.

A new developer has assumed control of the proposed assisted living facility on Idlewood Drive in Brooklyn. The City's Planning Commission will discuss the project at its April 2 meeting.

The proposed zoning overlay for downtown Independence will appear on the May ballot as Issue 5. Mayor Kurtz recently spoke about the plans at a meeting of the Independence Homeowners Association.

The Sun Courier has more details about the proposed downtown zoning overlay district that will appear on the May ballot in Independence.

Stelex Equities dropped its plans to build Woodland Preserve, a proposed mixed-use development at Harvard and Brainard roads in Orange.

Independence City Council is considering legislation to put a downtown zoning overlay district on the May ballot. The overlay would permit retail and multi-family development, including senior housing. Multi-family housing is not currently allowed in the City. Last year, the City surveyed Independence seniors about their preferences.

Update: the overlay district will appear on the May ballot.

The jury of the Fairfax intergenerational housing architecture competition awarded first place to a design by Fernando Bonilla of Maryland. The Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation will pursue funding to further develop the plans and build the project.

Following the failure of the Tri-City Joint Recreation District's levy, its board will "continue to study other options and wait and see what the cities would like to do."

The Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation is sponsoring a national architecture competition for an intergenerational housing development. Its objective is to "provide an innovative, affordable, sustainable and supportive environment for families in which grandparents are the primary caregivers of their grandchildren." Kent State's Urban Design Collaborative is coordinating the competition.

The Ohio Supreme Court dismissed a request from TransCon builders to rezone a site near Hawthorne Valley Country Club in Solon. However, the Court has not begun deliberations on a related lawsuit challenging the validity of the ward veto provision in the City's referendum zoning rules.

If passed by voters in Berea, Brook Park, and Middleburg Heights, the 1 mill continuing levy of Issue 136 will provide funds to construct and maintain new facilities for the Tri-City Senior Center. Many elected officials in Berea and Brook Park are opposed to the issue.

Gross Builders is seeking permission to build more lookalike homes than normally allowed at its Carrington Court senior housing development in Solon.

Independence leaders are surveying seniors to learn about their housing needs in order to develop a plan for senior housing in the downtown district.

Plans for the redevelopment of downtown Independence may have a senior housing component. City leaders intend to develop a master plan for the area, and may ask voters to approve the senior housing next year.

The senior housing development proposed for the site of the former Memphis School in Old Brooklyn was not selected to receive tax credits through the state's Housing Tax Credit Program. Councilman Kevin Kelley said, "It's not likely that (housing project) will work out so we may be looking at other options for that site."

The Coral Co. decided not to pursue an assisted living component for the mixed-use Central Park project. Meanwhile, the owner of nearby Solar Shopping Center accused the Coral Co. of trying to steal his tenants for the proposed development.

By a vote of 10-4, the board of the Tri-City Joint Recreation District decided to put a 1 mill, five-year levy on the November ballot in Berea, Brook Park, and Middleburg Heights. The board's president says that it would raise enough money to demolish and replace the existing Tri-City Senior Center and cover operating expenses and programming.

Brooklyn City Council approved the construction of a $32 million assisted living development behind Ridge Park Square on Idlewood Drive.

The board of the Tri-City Joint Recreation District established a committee that will study the options for a proposed levy that would fund the Tri-City Senior Center.

The City of Garfield Heights may withdraw from the Senior Transportation Connection of Cuyahoga County because of cost concerns.

Solon officials are continuing their negotiations with developer Coral Co. about the proposed Central Parc development, and recently hired a law firm to assist with the development agreement. The mixed-use project may include assisted-living units and a four to five story hotel. In addition to possibly creating a need for additional safety personnel, the development may require more service workers and equipment.

A group of Solon residents that supports the rejected senior housing development is suing the City of Solon and the group Solon Taxpayers Against Rezoning. They are charging that a referendum zoning provision in the City's charter is unconstitutional. The plaintiffs include relatives of TransCon Builders President Fred Rzepka. Some speculate that the case could help the Coral Co. gain approval for its proposed Central Parc development.

The Senior Transportation Connection of Cuyahoga County will take over Middleburg Heights' senior transportation operations by April 15. The City anticipates savings of nearly $20,000 a year.

Six new single family houses for seniors are under construction at the Jennings Center for Older Adults in Garfield Heights. In Maple Heights, a developer has expressed interest in building apartments for seniors on a three acre site near St. Andrew Eastern Orthodox Church.

TransCon Builders is considering legal action against the City of Solon after losing a rezoning issue last week. The company hoped to build senior cluster homes on 62 acres of a site between Hawthorne Valley Country Club and the Cleveland Metroparks South Chagrin Reservation.

The company that proposed building senior housing on the Memphis School site in Old Brooklyn also wants to build cluster homes for seniors along Denison Avenue east of Pearl Road. Both developments are outgrowths of the MetroHealth Senior Health and Wellness Center that opened last year at the former Deaconess Hospital.

50 housing units for low-income seniors might be developed on the site of the former Memphis School in Old Brooklyn. If approved by Cleveland City Council, the NRP Group could begin construction by 2009.

On Monday, Solon City Council approved a site plan for Carrington Court, Gross Builders' planned 27.2 acre senior housing development. Company officials do not yet know when construction will begin.

After withdrawing from the Senior Transportation Connection of Cuyahoga County last year, the Cities of Berea, Brook Park, and Strongsville reverted to their former municipal transportation systems. Middleburg Heights, on the other hand, will continue its participation in the Senior Transportation Connection.

DiSanto Enterprises submitted revised plans for the Southwoods subdivision to the City of Solon. Planning Director Rob Frankland describes them as "a modest modification from the original plan." Meanwhile, a Solon resident says that City Council took too long to decide whether to place a rezoning issue for a proposed senior housing development on the March ballot. He may sue the City.

Gross Builders appears to have separated from a partnership with Stark Enterprises, and intends to return to earlier plans for a senior housing development on 27.2 acres on Aurora Road. The change may force Stark to offer a scaled-back version of its proposed mixed-use Garden District development.

The newly formed Tri-City Joint Recreation District will not have a tax levy on the March ballot because the board has not yet held a meeting. Its first meeting will be held on January 14.

Solon City Council did not select one of the two competing mixed-use development proposals, which means a rezoning issue will not appear on the March ballot. Gross Builders reportedly may withdraw from a partnership with Stark Enterprises. However, City Council did approve a rezoning issue for the proposed senior housing development near Hawthorne Valley Country Club.

Fairhill Center and Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation announced that they have raised enough money to begin work on building a 29-unit Kinship Village in six buildings at Fairhill Center's campus. It's expected to open in 2010.

Update: a Plain Dealer editorial says that the program makes sense.

A senior housing issue will not appear on the March ballot in Independence. Although the City had planned on the March vote, Mayor-elect Kurtz said that the City was not yet ready to go to voters.

While voters in Berea and Brook Park approved the creation of the Tri-City Joint Recreation District, some councilmen in the two cities remain vocally opposed to a tax to support the Tri-City Senior Center.

Last week, CMHA celebrated the opening of 28 subsidized senior housing units at Riverside Park Estates in Bellaire-Puritas.

TransCon Builders would like the City of Solon to create a new senior housing zoning classification for its proposed development adjacent to Hawthorne Valley Country Club.

Today's ballot in Berea (Issue 19) and Brook Park (Issue 27) includes a proposal to create a joint recreational taxing district to support the Tri-City Senior Center. Middleburg Heights City Council approved the district last year. Funding for the district is not included in this issue.

The Cities of Berea, Brook Park, and Strongsville decided to withdraw from the Senior Transportation Connection of Cuyahoga County and will revert to their former municipal senior transportation systems.

Solon officials are scrutinizing the reintroduced plans for senior housing on a site adjacent to Hawthorne Valley Country Club. If they approve the proposal, the proposed rezoning will go before voters.

Orange residents may have the opportunity to vote on a rezoning issue for the proposed Woodland Preserve development in November 2008, instead of the March vote that the developers initially wanted.

(Update: this week's Chagrin Herald Sun has more details.)

TransCon Builders reintroduced its proposal to build a senior housing subdivision next to Hawthorne Valley Country Club in Solon. The development was rejected by voters in May. They expanded the proposal to cover as many as 184 new homes on 61.6 acres, but also pledged that the country club would be preserved as a golf course or a park.

Developers of the proposed Woodland Preserve development in Orange were informed that they "don't have a chance" of putting a rezoning issue on the March ballot. Stelex Equities is expected to present their plans to Village Council on October 3.

Some Orange leaders are not pleased with how information about the proposed Woodland Preserve development was released, and that Mayor Mulcahy met with the developer for months prior to last month's presentation.

The groundbreaking for Judson's South Franklin Circle active retirement community in Bainbridge is scheduled for September 20. Phase one construction of the 88 acre development is expected to end in September 2009, with the second phase to be completed by September 2010.

Plans for the Woodland Preserve, the proposed development on the Weintraub property in Orange, include 663 housing units, public space, a medical building, and a small retail center. The area is currently zoned for single-family residential development, and developers hope to get a rezoning issue on the March ballot.

This evening, the Orange Planning and Zoning Commission will discuss a mixed-use development proposed for the 85 acre Weintraub property on Harvard Road. The project would include senior housing, continuing care, and public spaces.

The Independence Planning Commission is continuing its attempts to reconcile the differences between the two plans for a senior housing district. While senior housing has been a controversial issue in Independence, it has been readily accepted in other Cuyahoga County suburbs.

Independence officials are working to resolve the differences between two competing plans for a senior housing development. The Independence Planning Commission hopes to reach a compromise by December so that the issue can appear on the March ballot.

By a vote of 3-2, Macedonia City Council approved a controversial 100%, 30 year tax increment financing package for the proposed Mary Maria senior housing complex. The TIF will be used to fund the construction of a road connecting Valley View Road to Route 82.

As part of wetlands remediation for the Carrington Court senior housing development in Solon, Gross Builders and the City reached an agreement that calls for the company to pay $100,000 for an environmental easement on 20.9 acres in the City's blue heron rookery. The agreement requires the approval of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Independence Planning Commission recommended authorizing the creation of a senior housing district behind Concordia Lutheran Church, if the proposal is approved by voters. The land is currently owned by the church, and the proposal also requires the approval of church members.

Summit County Council unanimously approved a tax increment financing agreement with a developer planning to build a road as part of a senior housing complex in Macedonia. City Council has not voted on the proposal.

Macedonia City Council is considering a proposed tax increment financing package for public improvements in a new senior housing complex.

The City of Bedford Heights will hold a public hearing on Monday at 6:30 p.m. about the controversial senior housing proposal for land west of Holy Trinity Church on Columbus Road. The Planning Commission will have a special meeting on Tuesday at at 5:30 p.m. to vote on the plans.

Funding problems forced the Tri-City Senior Center to suspend operations today, pending the outcome of the November ballot issue. The earliest the center could reopen is in February.

The Senior Coalition in Independence supports the proposed senior single-unit housing overlay ordinance that is under consideration by City Council. The Independence Planning Commission is scheduled to discuss the proposal on June 5.

Voters in Solon rejected the proposed senior housing rezoning for 32 acres on Aurora Road by a vote of 777 to 2,681.

Leaders of the Tri-City Senior Center say that the Center will be forced to close if any of Berea, Brook Park, or Middleburg Heights refuse to help supply short-term operating expenses.

The Tri-City Senior Center continues to experience financial difficulties, and is seeking $60,000 from the cities of Berea, Brook Park, and Middleburg Heights. The Center's proposed joint taxing district issue is now slated for the November ballot.

The Plain Dealer provides a summary of the senior housing debate in Solon. Solon Taxpayers Against Rezoning, opponents of the proposed development, offer their perspective at their website.

(Update: a debate on the proposal was held on Monday.)

Some Independence residents are unhappy about the recently-introduced senior housing legislation, because it would bypass the requirement for voter approval by not including provisions for multi-family housing.

Officials in Beford Heights are considering rezoning a property on Columbus Road near Holy Trinity Church for use as senior housing, but it appears that the process will not be completed soon.

In the first of a two part series, the Solon Herald Sun summarizes the senior housing controversy in Solon and explains the views of the proposed development's supporters.

Developers of the proposed senior housing development in Solon may debate opponents of the project on the City's cable television channel, but some City Council members are uncertain if it would be an appropriate use of the channel.

Developer TransCon Builders filed a complaint against Solon Taxpayers Against Rezoning, claiming that literature distributed by the group contains several inaccuracies. TransCon is seeking voter approval for a rezoning that would permit them to build a senior housing development along Aurora Road.

Leaders in Independence introduced legislation that would designate the area behind Concordia Lutheran Church and the Independence Technology Center as a senior housing district. It will go before the Planning Commission on Tuesday.

The May senior housing rezoning issue in Solon will not mention the maximum residential density permitted under the rezoning. At the request of developer TransCon Builders, the Ohio Secretary of State's office ordered the county BOE to remove the "10-units-per-acre" reference from the ballot. TransCon says they plan to build at a lower density, but Solon Councilman Ed Suit countered that the company could legally change their plans if voters approve the rezoning.

A group of Solon residents opposed to the senior housing rezoning proposal for 32 acres along Aurora Road have formed Solon Taxpayers Against Rezoning and registered as a political action committee.

Solon voters will have the opportunity to vote on a senior housing rezoning on May 8. After City Council rejected their request, developers of the proposed senior housing subdivision on Aurora Road were able to collect enough petition signatures to put the issue on the ballot.

Each year, thousands of seniors move from Florida to Ohio, most because they want to live near their families. Many of them have disabilities or other heath concerns. "A typical scenario sees retirees begin as part-time Florida residents - snowbirds - in their 60s and full-time Floridians in their 70s. Then, in their 80s, they return to be near family." This morning's installment of The Sound of Ideas on WCPN was devoted to a discussion of the trend.

By a vote of 4-3, Solon City Council rejected a request to rezone a site on Aurora Road near Hawthorne Valley Country Club from a residential classification with a one acre minimum lot size to senior housing. TransCon Builders wants to build 116 homes on the 32 acre site, and is circulating petitions to place the rezoning on the May ballot.

Senior housing advocates in Independence want another senior housing issue to appear on the ballot in November, and are preparing to begin campaigning.

Cuyahoga County communities are preparing to serve their aging populations by planning recreation center expansions to meet their needs.

Middleburg Heights officials surveyed 113 residents about the City's six-month participation in the Senior Transportation Connection of Cuyahoga County. Of the 61 respondents, 30 preferred the new system, 16 preferred the old, and 15 were undecided.

Supporters of the Tri-City Senior Center report that they gathered enough signatures for their initiative petition to appear on the May ballot in Berea and Brook Park. Residents will have the opportunity to vote on the creation of a joint taxing district for the Center.

The initiative petitions for the Tri-City Senior Center ballot issues were short 38 signatures in Brook Park and 108 in Berea. Advocates for the Center have 10 days to collect the needed signatures.

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