Park requests changes in remaining development Revised
building plan moves hotel site, adds Cleveland Clinic building
By Kevin Kelley
Published July 26, 2006
Park officials are requesting significant changes to the development
plan Westlake City Council approved in the summer of 2000.
The changes include:
• Building a hotel at the corner of Detroit and Crocker
roads, just east of The Promenade Shopping Center.
• Adding a freestanding medical office building at
the south end of the retail/residential district. The building would
contain doctor offices and other medical facilities associated with
the Cleveland Clinic, according to Robert Parry, the city’s director
of planning and economic development.
• Extending Main Street south an additional block.
But instead of first floor retail stores with apartments above,
the new block would have townhouses on the ground level. The townhouses
represent residential space previously slotted for the medical office
Robert Stark, chief executive officer of Stark
Enterprises, the developer of Crocker Park, said in an e-mail that
extending Main Street with townhouses will locate more residents
in the heart of the community.
"Crocker Park is a community that is evolving
and redefining itself all the time, as do all great communities,"
Stark said. "Extending Main Street will connect the entire
property in a new urbanism way. This will position the new residents
in the best places on the site near the center, and provide space
for the most fundamental community uses; health and wellness, higher
education, civic arts, fitness and lodging."
Crocker Park filed an amendment to its development
plan July 10. While the original development plan allowed for minor
changes, this revised plan will require the approval of the city’s
planning commission and council, Parry said.
“It’s a big change,” he said.
Council is under no obligation to approve the requested
changes to the development plan, Parry said, although Crocker Park
has the right to ask.
Why are changes being requested now? Parry said he
was told by Crocker Park officials that they want to add the Cleveland
Clinic offices. The Cleveland Clinic wants to be in a seperate section,
he was told.
A spokesperson with the Cleveland Clinic confirmed
the hospital was considering a facility at Crocker Park.
"Cleveland Clinic has been committed to
the Westlake community for years," Eileen Sheil, executive
director of media relations for the Clinic, said in an e-mail statement.
"The success of our Family Health Center (at 30033 Clemens
Road) is exceeding the capacity of our existing facility and we
are exploring options for a replacement. Crocker Park is one option
Crocker Park officials have requested time at an upcoming
work session of the planning commission but have not yet been scheduled,
With council on summer recess through August, approval
of the amended plan, if it’s given, would not come until September
or October at the earliest, Parry said.
Parry described the new plan as “very hypothetical.”
“We’ve got a lot of questions about it,” he
One big question involves the four-story medical office
building. Parry expressed concern that the freestanding structure
that Crocker Park intends to locate in an area previously set aside
for residential units may look too similar to the other office buildings
on the east side of Crocker Road.
Because the new block of Main Street would contain
townhouses instead of retail stores, the new plan would not increase
the total amount of retail space at Crocker Park.
“Their revised plan does not increase retail,” Parry
said. “It actually increases office by a lot.”
The new plan apparently means Crocker Park will not
go through on a proposal to locate a boutique hotel just west of
Trader Joe’s grocery store. Last fall, the planning commission and
council approved the plan to build a property for the Texas-based
Parry said as far as the city is concerned, the approved
hotel development plan is still valid.
Most of the land Crocker Park is now proposing for
the hotel — a lot just east of Border’s Bookstore — is on a parcel
legally separate from both Crocker Park and The Promenade, Parry
said. The land is owned by other investors, Parry added.
Because that land is currently zoned for office use,
it would have to be rezoned to either the hotel/motel or planned
unit development category before the proposed hotel could be built
there, Parry said.