COPLEY — Two new major developments — a senior living complex and a retail plaza — are under construction next door to each other along state Route 18.
Omni Senior Living, a private company in Beachwood, is constructing a 153,250-square-foot continuum care facility on Heritage Center Drive, with access off Heritage Woods Drive just west of Interstate 77.
The VITALIA Senior Residences at Montrose will include 81 independent living units, 45 assisted living units, 18 memory care units and 42 independent living villas.
The project, estimated at about $30 million, is the most expensive development going on now in Copley, township Director of Community & Economic Development Matt Springer said.
Omni, which couldn't be reached for comment, operates senior living facilities throughout Northeast Ohio.
The facility will include an indoor swimming pool, all-day dining, shuffleboard courts, bocce ball court, water features and a dog park, according to the company's website. It's slated to open in the summer.
Meanwhile, Osborne Capital Group is investing $5 million in the retail plaza, also located on Heritage Center Drive. The 14,320-square-foot plaza will feature a new craft beer concept from Antonio's Pizza called BrewWall, Orangetheory Fitness, nail salon, medical spa and a yet-to-be determined tenant.
Osborne President Lance Osborne said the site, across the street from the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Health & Wellness Center, is attractive because of the residential and office developments surrounding the future plaza. It's also west of the Montrose shopping area and next door to the slew of restaurants and hotels along Montrose West Avenue.
"It's a strong retail market that still has very little vacancy," he said.
Osborne purchased 20 acres of property last year from the University of Akron Foundation for the project. He then sold a portion of the land to Omni Senior Living for its project.
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