TALLMADGE -- The Planning and Zoning Commission has agreed to recommend that City Council approve a 24-month extension of a conditional zoning certificate to a developer who wants to construct a skilled nursing facility on the city's northwest side.

In September 2016 Tallmadge City Council unanimously approved a request by applicant LTC Tallmadge LLC for a conditional zoning certificate which would permit it to develop Heritage of Tallmadge at 619 Northwest Ave.

T. David Mitchell, a partner with Brenner Kaprosy Mitchell LLP and a member of LTC, told planners on July 6 that LTC had subsequently filed an application for a Certificate of Need with the Ohio Department of Health as required for the development of a new skilled nursing facility. According to Mitchell, LTC was "seeking authority to relocate the operating rights to 90 skilled nursing beds to the Tallmadge location," a request which ODH approved in April. LTC was ready to start construction last month, Mitchell reported. "Unfortunately," he said, "Falls Village Retirement Community, Ltd., the owner of a competing skilled nursing facility located in Cuyahoga Falls, appealed ODH's decision granting LTC's CON application." The result, Mitchell reported, is that the matter could take up to 24 months to resolve with hearings and appeals.

The 11-acre site had been owned by Yusef Khan Grotto 169. The grotto acquired the property, which is zoned R-3 residential, in 1988 and used the land under a conditional zoning certificate as a non-commercial recreation center. A two-story building, 69,214-square-feet in total, is proposed and Mitchell has said the proposed facility would not change the character of the neighborhood, given its history of conditional uses.

City Council has begun its traditional summer recess and is expected to consider the request when it returns Aug. 24.

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