The Western Reserve Hospital is building a medical office building in Hudson near the site where it previously planned a full-service hospital to replace its Cuyahoga Falls facility.
A Western Reserve official declined to say whether the Seasons Road site could eventually expand to include an inpatient hospital.
However, a Cuyahoga Falls spokeswoman said the city has been assured there are no plans to move the hospital out of the falls.
The Hudson site is being developed by Western Reserve Hospital and Anchor Health Properties, according to Christopher Haedt, director and designer at DesignGroup Architects.
The three-story, 56,000 square foot structure will be built on vacant land on the north side of Seasons Road (231 Seasons Road), west of State Route 8, and will be located in the southwest corner of the city. near the border. of Boston Township, Cuyahoga Falls and Stow.
“I understand they’re targeting construction for the spring,” said Greg Hannan, Hudson’s community development manager.
Mark Bosko, the hospital’s vice president of marketing and public relations, said Western Reserve is one of “several collaborating organizations” involved in the medical office building project.
“We look forward to sharing more details as the project progresses,” he said.
When Summa Health was a minority owner of Western Reserve Hospital, physician owners of Summa and Western Reserve planned to build a 100-bed hospital in a proposed joint economic development area on Seasons Road near the new Route 8 interchange. The Economic Development Zone would have included Hudson, Stow and Cuyahoga Falls.
But those plans never moved forward, and Summa and Western Reserve broke off their partnership in recent years.
Based in Cleveland University Hospitals became minority owners of Western Reserve Hospital in 2020.
Bosko declined to share more details about the Hudson project and did not comment on Thursday whether the site could eventually house a full-service hospital.
However, City of Cuyahoga Falls spokeswoman Kelli Crawford-Smith said “the city continues to have a strong partnership with Western Reserve Hospital and has been assured that they will not be moving the hospital. out of Cuyahoga Falls. The facility on Seasons Road will be used as a medical office building.”
More details about the medical office building project
Although the building and parking lot are in Hudson, 18 acres of the 51-acre development site are in Boston Township. A small portion of a proposed retention pond will overlap with township lands, according to Hannan.
At a meeting of the Town of Hudson’s industrial design subcommittee in December, Haedt said the building would have public spaces on the first and second floors.
“There’s a retail element that they’re trying to engage as staff amenities, bundled with a community room on the second floor to really help promote health and wellness…and really build that as a campus,” Haedt said.
The Hudson Planning Commission approved the site plan for construction of the medical office building in September. The Panel asks the Applicant to make road improvements outlined in a Traffic Impact Study, reduce parking lot lighting to a maximum height of 25 feet, install silt and/or polypropylene fencing and to provide public sidewalks.
The building was approved as a 62,000 square foot structure in September, but the commission in December accepted the industrial design subcommittee’s recommendation to reduce the square footage by approximately 5,800 square feet.
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This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Western Reserve Hospital plans medical office building in Hudson