Friday, June 07, 2002

Mayfield may open clinic in Norwood

By Susan Vela,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NORWOOD — The prestigious Mayfield Clinic & Spine Institute, Cincinnati's largest neurological science group, is considering a move to this blue-collar city.

        Renderings of a one-story, glass-facade building were included when Al Neyer Inc. recently submitted a planned unit development application for the former General Motors Corp. parking lot at the Norwood Lateral and Carthage Avenue.

        Developers are proposing a $35 million medical office project that could have a Kroger store, too.

        Mayfield officials are looking at two other sites but said they are drawn to the Norwood location's potential and accessibility. Plans are preliminary, but they said the former GM parking lot would be a great place for its first surgical facility.

        They foresee a 54,000-square-foot building with several operating rooms and about 20 beds for spinal patients.

        “Norwood is an attractive location for a variety of reasons,” said Michael Gilligan, Mayfield's chief executive officer. “We like the development that's likely to take place along the Norwood corridor. We're looking at something that will last for decades, so we'd like to go into something that people can access conveniently.”

        Norwood planning commissioners will review Neyer's application at a June 17 session.

        “If everything stays aligned and we fully commit to the project, we hope to open the doors next summer,” said Tom Rosenberger, Mayfield spokesman.

        Mayfield, founded in 1937, treats more than 20,000 patients annually. In 1996, Mayfield established its spine institute, regarded as the largest and most experienced network of spine specialists in the Midwest.

        At a 7:30 p.m. Tuesday session, council members will hear public comment regarding Neyer's application for “Cornerstone of Norwood,” a $30 million office development targeted for 4 acres wedged between Interstate 71, Williams Avenue and Smith Road. Planning commissioners are recommending approval.


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