While Macedonia has gained a new healthcare facility and its former location in Sagamore Hills is closed, the owner of a skilled nursing facility is hoping to acquire the land for his expansion.

Cleveland Clinic Macedonia Express + Outpatient Care opened its doors on Monday, Aug. 27. 

Located at 8210 Macedonia Commons, the new facility is 8,343 square feet in size. It offers express care, general surgery, lab services, mammography and primary care. 

With approximately 15 employees, the facility was located at the former Sagamore Hills Medical Center before moving to Macedonia.

The Sagamore Hills facility, located on Route 82 next-door to Brentwood Health Care Center, is now unoccupied, said Cleveland Clinic Spokesperson Heather Phillips. In December, she confirmed that the sale of the property was being discussed and added if talks proceeded the hospital would "identify an alternate location nearby and continue to provide care."

On Friday, she said she was not sure whether a sales agreement has been reached with Brentwood.

"We are aware there are owners interested in the building and they are having discussions with the village of Sagamore Hills," Phillips said.

Brentwood President-CEO Brent Classen said he hopes to acquire the 40-acre property to expand Brentwood into a continuing care retirement community. 

"We are in negotiations with the Cleveland Clinic right now and hope to close by the first of the year," Classen said by telephone on Sept. 5. He said he’s been eyeing the property for about a year. Discussions, he said, have included the probable presence of rock in the ground.

"We’re going to do soil borings to see how much rock there is because rock is expensive to excavate," he said. "We’ve hit rock in [construction of] our current buildings here." Classen said he’s going to do 11 borings, 10 feet deep for parking lots and 50 feet deep for buildings.

Classen said the amount of rock found could have a bearing on the property’s price tag, so that data is an important part of the negotiations.

There are two buildings located on the Cleveland Clinic property, Classen said; a 13,000-square-foot emergency room facility built in 1974 and a two-story, 36,000-square-foot medical office building erected in 1991. Classen said both buildings would be demolished for his project.

He is proposing a campus similar to Laurel Lake in Hudson and other area facilities, and he said the project would be developed in three phases. There would be 128 units in the existing skilled nursing and assisted living facility, with additions providing 37 memory care units and 25 skilled nursing care units.

Township Trustee John Zaccardelli said two commissions are discussing changes that would rezone the Cleveland Clinic property to a new classification: Senior Living, Senior Care and Continuing Care Community. He said the property Brentwood needs for expansion is currently zoned Commercial.

"Bascially with commercial, someone could put a Jiffy Lube there or a Meijer store," Zaccardelli said. "That what it’s zoned for …They could put a McDonald’s there."

He said the township Zoning Commission has met with Classen and made its recommendation to the Summit County Planning Commission. The final draft is presently under review by the Summit County Planning Commission, which would send any recommendations for changes back to the zoning commission.

The zoning commission’s next meeting is Sept. 24, Zaccardelli said, adding the zoning commission is required to host a public hearing before it can recommend the changes to the board of trustees.

The trustees, in turn, must also host a public hearing before they vote. The changes, which must be approved by the Board of Trustees, also would govern any other developer which chooses to build and operate similar retirement communities.

A public hearing is necessary before the board adopts the amendments, township attorney Jeffrey Snell said in June.

Once the board OKs the zoning changes, Snell said, they would go to township trustees for approval. If approved, Brentwood could move forward with its expansion project after that.

"In order for this to occur, the language would have to be adopted and accepted into the Zoning Resolution by the zoning commission and the board of trustees," Zaccardelli said. "… and that has to go through the public meetings and the voting. We’re far from that. We’re in the planning stage."

Classen has said he would like to break ground in the spring. As of Sept. 5, Classen said there is no estimated cost of the project.

On its relocation to Macedonia, Cleveland Clinic released the following statement: "We’ve been honored to provide healthcare in this area for many years. Macedonia is a vital city and we’re pleased to bring this service to Macedonia and the surrounding communities and offer more patients access to healthcare conveniently."

Cleveland Clinic Macedonia Express’ hours of operation are as follows:

• Express Care: Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (no appointment needed).

• Lab Services: Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m; Saturday 8 a.m. to noon.

• Mammograms: Scheduled appointments Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. In about a month Macedonia Express will add walk-in mammograms from 3-8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Internal Medicine: by appointment

• General Surgery: specific days each month by appointment.

Editor’s Note: Reporter Ken Lahmers contributed to this article. 

Reporter Steve Wiandt can be reached at 330-541-9420 or swiandt@recordpub.com.