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Cuyahoga SWCD's Role in Development projects: MetroHealth Transformation

Property development can be an exciting, inspiring, and transformative process. It can also be detail oriented, expensive, and tedious. Many property developers are business conglomerates but there are some lone wolf developers too. Regardless of the size of the development company it takes a team to make a vision become a reality. The road to project completion involves architectural renderings, design review boards, engineering iterations, permitting, construction, punch lists, and finally ribbon cutting to name a few steps.

Recently, Steven Litt of The Plain Dealer wrote in an article this past Friday March 15, 2019 that the Cleveland Planning Commission unanimously voted to allow MetroHealth to proceed with the construction of the new hospital building. This voted paved the way for the organization to submit the construction plans to obtain a building permit. This approval is a landmark step in the ultimate transformation of the MetroHealth campus.

MetroHealth is a large scale project and with it being in the news it's a great time to review how the Cuyahoga SWCD Stormwater Program interacts with the construction and development community.

Leading up to this most recent approval MetroHealth has completed a number of enabling projects, all of which Cuyahoga SWCD has been involved with. Those projects include:

  • Demolition of the NorthCoast Behavioral Health building
  • Construction of the new MetroHealth parking garage
  • Reconstruction of Southpoint Drive and View Road and installation new utilities
  • Demolition of the old MetroHealth parking garage
  • Minor modifications to the Prentiss Healthcare facility to accommodate utility realignment
  • Mass Excavation and Site Improvements of the new hospital building

Typical involvement for the stormwater program includes:

  • preliminary discussions with project engineers to iron out key details
  • review of the stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWP3)
  • erosion and sediment control inspections of construction sites for compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations
  • follow-up with site owner to ensure the new improvements are maintained

Most of the involvement with the MetroHealth transformation has been routine; however, there have been some instances where interpretation of the applicable regulations were required and an interim solution needed to adapt to the fast-paced and dynamic construction schedule.

In 2022 when this project is finished Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District will be proud to have been a part of the MetroHealth Campus transformation. The revitalized of this community anchor will undoubtedly spark additional development in the surrounding neighborhood. When it does Cuyahoga SWCD will be ready to provide technical assistance and advocate for the best conservation practices.

Blog author: Brent Eysenbach, Stormwater Program Manager

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