CLEVELAND, Ohio – MetroHealth partners with developers to create a multipurpose space in the Glenville neighborhood of Cleveland that will provide resources to the long underprivileged area, an emergence trend among healthcare providers in the region.
The project called the Gold Coast Lofts received unanimous design approval from the city on Friday from the Cleveland Planning Commission, an important step in the progress of the project.
It is the second such project in the region, following the laying of the foundation stone for a mixed-use development involving teaching hospitals which will include 52 housing units and other facilities.
Gold Coast Lofts should be located at E. 105th Street and Superior Avenue on land belonging to the Famicos Foundation. The four-story 72,000 square foot building will include 69 one and two bedroom apartments. Some units will have market-based rents, while others will have rents based on the income level of tenants.
The first floor is at office space to provide community resources, a fitness room and more, as well as nine walk-in units.
The project is a partnership between RDL, the Famicos Foundation and CCH Development, an arm of MetroHealth, which will operate a 7,100 square foot clinic on the first floor, according to MetroHealth spokesperson Mike Tobin.
Tobin also said the clinic will provide dental, family health, pediatric, OBGYN, behavioral health services, among others.
“MetroHealth was an early proponent of the idea that approximately 80% of your health outcomes depend not on what happens inside the four walls of a doctor’s office, but on what happens outside of this, [like] your access to quality housing, your access to a good education, your access to healthy food places to exercise,” he explained. “So it’s just a continuation of our mission.”
University Hospitals recently launched a similar project in the Glenville area.
UH and the NRP Group will develop a four-story, 52-unit mixed-income apartment building featuring one-, two-, and three-bedroom units at East 105th and Churchill Road. As part of this partnership, NRP will construct a 2,800 square foot Community Outreach Center where UH will help provide various services.