SAGAMORE HILLS — If surrounding land can be purchased from the Cleveland Clinic, Brentwood Health Care Center hopes to expand its operations on West Aurora Road and create a continuing care retirement community.

The township zoning commission has been discussing plans brought forth by Brentwood President-Owner Brent Classen for the last three months.

Classen told the News Leader the plans are "very preliminary" and he didn’t want to comment further on them at this time.

A Cleveland Clinic official confirmed Dec. 4 that a sale of the property is being discussed.

"If anything does move forward, we remain committed to this community and we will identify an alternate location nearby to continue to provide care," said spokesperson Heather Phillips.

At the panel’s Nov. 27 meeting, Classen and his team presented the latest conceptual development plans for the property. He hopes to purchase about 29 acres on Route 82 surrounding the 10-acre existing Brentwood facilities from the Cleveland Clinic.

The property includes the Sagamore Hills Medical Center, which houses an Express Care Clinic that at the end of 2015 replaced the former emergency room.

The Brentwood and the Cleveland Clinic properties, along with the adjacent Elmcroft of Sagamore Hills assisted living property, are all zoned for commercial use.

Classen has told panelists he is proposing a campus similar to Laurel Lake in Hudson and other area facilities.

According to plans developed by the Withers Design Group, the property would be developed in three phases.

Under the first phase of the plan, the former emergency room/express care building would be removed and the second building would be expanded to house 100 independent living units and a "lodge" that would serve as a community center.

Fifty-two "active senior living villas" would be built along Aurora Road and Carter Road where the emergency room once stood. The independent living facility would include amenities such as a continental breakfast, dinner, light housekeeping, activities and transportation.

The second phase would include another 50 senior villas at the northeast corner of the property. The final phase would include 50 villas on the northwest corner of the property.

The concept also includes provisions for the expansion of the existing Brentwood facility to include a skilled nursing addition, a short-term rehab addition and a memory care facility. Construction of the three additions would be pending future market conditions.

There would be about 17 1/2 acres of open space on the property, with 163 parking spaces at the lodge and independent living facility, plus a two-car garage at each of the villas.

On its plans for the community, the Withers Design Group states, "We are trying to design programs, environments and opportunities to enhance social interaction, physical exercise and a sense of purpose.

"We are providing community space for education, leisure and learning to encourage participation in the principles of wellness."

Back on Aug. 28, the zoning commission took a straw vote on the concept and all five members said they would favor it, but no action has been taken on the conceptual plan.

According to minutes from the panel’s Aug. 28 meeting, commission member Dr. David Koncal explained the township’s zoning resolution would have to be amended to allow the proposed project to proceed.

Classen has told panelists the existing Brentwood center contributes about $100,000 a year in real estate taxes to the township, and the new complex would increase tax revenue to $200,000 to $300,000 per year.

The existing Brentwood Health Care Center measures 98,077 square feet. The new independent living facility would be 59,004 square feet, the lodge would be 16,790 square feet, the short-term rehabilitation center would be 20,644 square feet and the memory care center would be 35,1909 square feet.

The Classen family has been in the health care field since the 1930s. Brentwood Health Care Center opened in March 1989.

The zoning commission is studying information from the architects and Classen about similar developments in other locations and how those communities’ zoning resolutions have dealt with them.

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