Skilled nursing facility expected to open in spring 2015 in Aurora

by MIKE LESKO | REPORTER Published:

Aurora -- A 98-suite skilled nursing facility on South Chillicothe Road is expected to be completed in February or March, officials say, and could begin accepting residents in April and May.

The facility, called Avenue at Aurora, originally was expected to open this summer, but work was delayed because of the harsh winter weather, according to Eitan Flank, chief executive officer of Progressive Quality Care, which is handling the project.

The $14 million Aurora project will provide about 100 full-time jobs and about 20 to 30 part-time jobs, according to Flank.

The facility is located on the east side of South Chillicothe Road, just north of Independence Village and Aurora Farms Premium Outlets.

Avenue at Aurora will be the third of its kind in Northeast Ohio, following the completion of Avenue at Warrensville Heights and Avenue at Medina.

"It's going to be gorgeous," said Yael Flank, interior designer and wife of Eitan Flank. "We want the residents to feel like they are entering a 5-star hotel as they come to their new home."

Eitan Flank said the 75,000-square-foot structure is "much bigger than a typical 98-bed facility.

"There are high ceilings," he said. "All the finishings are a very high standard. There will be carpets throughout the building, and the flooring will look like a wood floor at home."

Rooms will include flat-screen TVs and showers that can accommodate wheelchairs in addition to stoves, dish washers, refrigerators and cabinets.

"This is a new generation of nursing home," Yael Flank said.

Eitan Flank called it a "resident-oriented setting," explaining how there will be various eating hours in the dining room, settings closer to residents' rooms where they can eat away from the dining room or they can simply eat in their rooms. People also can select food choices separately rather than being required to pick an entire meal.

There will be a place that can be reserved where larger families can eat with residents in a private setting, plus a diner of sorts where visitors and employees can grab a quick meal.

In addition, there will be a state-of-the-art therapy center and a chapel.

The structure will be built around two outside courtyards in the center of the building, according to city planning commission documents. The building will be set back 100 feet from Route 43, with a grassed and landscaped lawn.

Parking will be in the back, with setbacks of 200 feet on the east side and 50 feet on the north and south sides. The will be 107 parking spaces. A 100-foot buffer is planned on the east side adjacent to homes in the Highlands.

The 9-acre property is owned by Progressive Aurora Real Estate LLC.

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