Dozens of residents gathered this evening at West Park Kamm’s Neighborhood Development Building (17407 Lorain Ave.) to discuss plans for Fairview Hospital to demolish a number of properties on W. 179 St.
According to Executive Director of Buildings and Properties at Cleveland Clinic Pat Rios, the first step was securing the properties and they are now looking to plan the demolition, which is expected to begin on Jan. 22. First, Rios says a six-foot-perimeter fence will be put up around the site, followed by securing the site. Demolition is expected to happen within 2 to 3 weeks following this, Rios says. For the next 3 to 6 months, officials will be reviewing options for the building layout.
There are additional upcoming quarterly meetings scheduled for April 10, July 10, and Oct. 9. Those who would like more information on the project or who might have questions are encouraged to attend.
Background on the Project
“…The reason this is all taking place is we have three buildings at Fairview Hospital there at end of life,” says the President of Fairview Hospital Dr. Neil Smith. “We have a seven-story parking garage that’s end of life; we have a medical office building that’s attached to the parking garage, that also has to come down when the medical office building comes down, and then across the street on what we call the north campus is our Moll Center which is also end of life. And this is a replacement project to replace these three structures and we’re going to need a little bit bigger footprint than we actually have right now…”