July 1, 2016

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Cleveland Clinic plans $20 million project in Brunswick

BRUNSWICK — Plans to expand the Cleveland Clinic’s Brunswick Family Health Center to include a 24-hour emergency room and helicopter pad received initial approval from the city’s Planning Commission on Thursday.

The Clinic plans to construct a $20 million, 40,000-square-foot expansion on the northwest side of its building at 3574 Center Road.

The proposed addition is larger than the center’s current 34,000 square feet.

“We’re seeing a growing need for this type of service and we want to be able to meet that need,” said Heather Phillips, a Clinic spokeswoman.

A detailed site plan will be presented to the Planning Commission on April 4. City Council must grant final approval for the addition.

Brunswick Economic Development Director Tim Smith said the expansion will create 60 more high-paying jobs for the city. He said the growth of health care and colleges are spurring other growth in the city.

“We used to be a bedroom community,” Smith said. “Most of our population would leave during the day. Now we’re seeing our daytime population growing.”

That growth is spurring restaurant and retail growth. In fact, just across the street from the Cleveland Clinic building, construction is under way on a Panera Bread restaurant.

“It’s been a deliberate effort by the city to attract these larger employers, because it grows everything else,” Smith said.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.