Buildings are rising as part of the construction of the $32 million Vitalia Senior Residences, with plans calling for the complex to be operational by spring of 2020.
Construction began in December of 2018 on the project on Kruse Drive and Bainbridge Road.
Solon resident Gary Biales, vice president of Omni Property Cos. of Beachwood, said progress on the “vertical construction” of the initial wing of the four-story independent living building finally is being made following the deep freezes of winter that interrupted construction for a time.
That building is being constructed in two sections, he said, with the first section up and windows installed.
“We continue to frame out the interior of the building,” Mr. Biales said.
Solon voters approved the rezoning in May of 2018 to pave the way for the complex. Omni also will be moving its corporate headquarters to Solon on adjacent land purchased for $1 million that formerly was home to Poly Carb. The 15,000-square-foot headquarters next to the senior living center represents a $1.5 million investment.
The 110,000-square-foot independent living building faces Kruse Drive across from the Uptown Shopping Center.
Rough plumbing and electrical work is also under way. This week, the second wing of the building will begin being constructed. It is about three weeks behind the first wing, he said.
The assisted living and memory care building, which will measure 60,000 square feet and face Bainbridge Road, will begin being framed in the next couple of weeks, Mr. Biales continued. Underground utilities are in place, he said, including sewer lines, storm sewer lines, waterlines and electrical components.
This fall, the parking lots will be paved.
The contractor has graded the site for the Omni headquarters and the foundations are in place, he added. The steel work began last week. Mr. Biales said plans are to move into the building in late fall or early winter.
In other updates, Mr. Biales said interest is growing and he continues to field calls. Reservations are already being made for rooms. To that end, Omni has leased space in the Uptown Shopping Center in the space between Rusty Bucket and Pier 1 Imports for a sales office which will open in the next couple of weeks. There, staff will be on hand to showcase building elevations, field questions and also book reservations.
“Things are moving forward very nicely, and buildings are going up quickly since we got out of wintertime,” Mr. Biales said. The project “is very well received.”
The general contractor on the project is Augere of Hudson.
Omni has been working on the Solon site for a year and a half, with the entire project receiving city approvals. Omni entered into a development agreement with the city, the purpose of which was to legally protect the voters.
Without a development agreement, anything the zoning code requires can be built on the property, such as a nursing home with no amenities.
Vitalia Senior Residences at Solon will feature a therapeutic swimming pool, exercise facility, coffee bar and many areas to mingle, as well as a library and will have regular programming with the Cuyahoga County Public Library. There will also be house cleaning and laundry services with the Independent Living units as well as movies shown nightly in a theater, among other amenities.