The state has abandoned plans to build an 84 million dollar psychiatric hospital in mid-town Cleveland – much to the disappointment of city officials. Ideastream’s Bill Rice reports.
The plan had been in the works for four years, and was considered a key piece in redeveloping the area on Euclid Avenue near Cleveland Clinic.
The Ohio Department of Development settled on the site 2 years ago, and had planned to start construction this year.
In a double whammy, the state will also close its current facility adjacent to Metrohealth Medical Center on the city’s west side. It plans to expand its campus located 15 miles away in Summit County and relocate patients there. That means the loss to the city of 200 jobs.
Chris Warren is Cleveland’s Chief of regional Development says the decision is a big disappointment.
WARREN: “We’re not happy. We have spent a great deal of time, energy and money in an attempt to bring this site to a condition that the state requested. We’ve spend 40.1 million dollars over the course of the last year and a half.”
The Ohio Department of Development says it encountered difficulties and delays in purchasing the Euclid Avenue property. It also says it will save 30 million dollars in construction costs with its new plan.