by KEN LAHMERS | EDITOR
Aurora -- Plans for a 75,000-square-foot skilled nursing home on Route 43 just north of Independence Village were laid out for the planning commission last week.
The commission accepted the plans for study.
Marc Cohen of North Coast Architects said the facility would be called the Avenue at Aurora Care and Rehabilitation Center. It would be a one-story structure featuring 98 suites.
Cohen said Progressive Aurora Real Estate LLC operates a similar facility in Warrensville Heights, and has one under construction in Medina.
The facility would feature typical skilled nursing home amenities such as individual showers in the suites, a physical therapy area and dining room.
The building would set back 100 feet from Route 43, 200 feet from single-family homes to the east and 50 feet on the north and south sides of the property.
A 6-foot high mound would shield the building from residents living to the east, and there would be 107 parking spaces, which Planning-Zoning-Building Director Rich Wehrenberg said exceeds the number required by the zoning code.
Cost of the project and number of jobs it would create were not unveiled.
Wehrenberg said Mayor Lynn McGill, before he went on sick leave in August, met with residents in the Highlands, which adjoins the back of the 9-acre property, to ensure the plans are acceptable to them.
Those residents had voiced some concerns when Independence Village was built a few years ago.
Ward 4 Councilman George Horvat, who spoke from the audience, said he believes the one-story structure would be more pleasing to surrounding residents than a two-story one.
Wehrenberg noted a nursing facility is permitted on the residentially-zoned (R-3) property because Council approved a conditional use agreement in 1999 as a settlement after a lawsuit over use of the property was filed by previous owner Michael Linden.
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