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The MetroHealth System Announces More Than 250 New Apartments, $60 Million Investment for West 25th Street

Affordable and market-rate housing, retail, community services coming to Clark-Fulton Neighborhood

(Cleveland) – Three new buildings that will house 250 apartments and community support programs such as fresh food offerings, child care and job training services will be built on or near MetroHealth’s main campus. The redevelopment plans – estimated at more than $60 million – are designed to spur economic growth, provide new housing opportunities for current residents and to attract new residents to a revitalized West 25th Street.

“We’re committed to assisting our patients, employees and community in developing the full potential of our neighborhood -- to helping it become a vibrant area that keeps our neighbors here and welcomes newcomers,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Dr. Akram Boutros. “It has been gratifying to see other Cleveland neighborhoods grow and become healthier. We believe it’s now Clark-Fulton’s turn.”

Up to 72 affordable apartments will be built at the corner of West 25th Street and Sackett Avenue. These one, two and three-bedroom apartments will be available to those who earn 30% to 80% of the area’s median income.

Two other complexes, with up to 190 market-rate apartments, are planned on West 25th Street with direct access to the transformed campus and its 12-acre park. The buildings will include one and two-bedroom apartments. MetroHealth’s Police Department headquarters will relocate to the building’s first floor, providing a more visible presence in the community.

Each building will have first floors dedicated to making life easier for the neighborhood. The lower levels will include commercial space for a mix of amenities including restaurants, a grocery store and an Economic Opportunity Center offering job training and other services.

MetroHealth is partnering on these projects with developer NRP Group and RDL Architects.

MetroHealth will hold a series of community meetings to gather feedback from local residents about the redevelopment plans. The meetings will be held:

  • July 8 at Broadway Health Center, 6835 Broadway Ave Cleveland, Ohio 44105
  • July 9 at the Second District Community Relations Committee meeting, Applewood Center, 3518 West 25th St. (Use gym entrance on Daisy)
  • July 10 at the Family Ministry Center in Ward 14, 3389 Fulton Road, at 6 p.m.
  • July 16 at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, 2592 West 14th Street, Cleveland, at 5:30 p.m. (Hosted by Councilman Kerry McCormack)

MetroHealth will also host three community open houses in MetroHealth’s Campus Transformation Center, 2500 MetroHealth Drive, on August 6, 8 and 15 at 6 p.m.

The city of Cleveland recently selected the Clark-Fulton neighborhood as a target area for affordable housing based on a proposal submitted by Metro West Community Development Organization and MetroHealth. Through the state’s FHAct50 program, the designation makes available federal low-income housing tax credits that will help fund the affordable housing apartments at West 25th Street and Sackett Avenue.

“The $1 billion MetroHealth Campus Transformation coupled with the $60 million planned development project will provide economic growth for the residents of Clark-Fulton while attracting new residents,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “In addition, it will bring opportunities to build wealth, which is in alignment with my Neighborhood Transformation Initiative to stabilize and ultimately revitalize many neighborhoods throughout Cleveland.”

“For nearly 200 years, The MetroHealth System has been an integral part of providing expert health care to the citizens of Cuyahoga County,” said Dan Brady, President of Cuyahoga County Council. “This significant investment is a reflection of the deep commitment Dr. Boutros has to not just provide medical care but improve the everyday lives of everyone in the community for another 200 years.”

“As a longtime resident and Cleveland City Council representative for Ward 14, I am thrilled that MetroHealth is investing in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood,” said City Councilwoman Jasmin Santana. “It’s important that we develop a community that is inclusive, provides affordable housing and that the residents are engaged in the process, so their voices are reflected in development plans.”

Construction is set to start in 2020.