Bradley Bay plan approved
By Jeff Gallatin
Published April 4, 2007
opposing the multi-million dollar expansion of the Bradley Bay Health
Care facility are mulling possible appeals after the Municipal Planning
Commission approved the latest plans.
Alex Dade, one of the leaders of the citizens group,
said it is has not made its mind up whether to appeal the commission’s
decision, which it passed 6-1 March 27.
“We haven’t made up our minds yet,” Dade said. “We’re
reviewing the decision and what it involves.”
The group has 14 days from the commission meeting
to appeal the decision to city council for consideration and 30
days to appeal it in court, Bay Village Law Director Gary Ebert
Dade said the group will decide what action to take
within that time frame.
John O’Neill, whose family owns Bradley Bay, said
he was pleased by the ruling.
“We’re looking forward to moving ahead and getting
on with the work,” O’Neill said.
Dade said the group would prefer that new city buffering
regulations apply to the entire facility.
“We feel that the regulations afford better protection
to the residents and the neighborhood from the nursing home,” Dade
In addition, members of the group feel about how the
planning commission decision was handled. Dade fired off an E-mail
to city council last Wednesday questioning the planning decision
and how it was handled.
His wife Karen Dade, who also has been one of the
vocal leaders of the group, said she felt the resident’s concerns
were not given proper consideration by members of the planning commission.
“I’m just disgusted by the whole thing,” Karen Dade
said. “My family is from Bay Village and I’d like to think it would
treat its residents better than it has in this instance. I think
the city has been ready to approve this from the start several years
Officials strongly disputed the Dade’s allegations.
“City officials and the operators of Bradley Bay have
bent over backwards and gone out of their way to try and cooperate
with the residents of the area around Bradley Bay,” said Mayor Debbie
Sutherland. “There have been several revisions of the plan in attempts
to accommodate the various concerns raised by residents through
Ebert said city officials from the law department
through the various groups considering the matter all have considered
the matter fairly.
“All the parties involved have put significant amounts
of time on this,” Ebert said.
O’Neill said nursing home officials have always tried
to be responsive.
“We’ve been good neighbors for more than 40 years,”
O’Neill said. “we’ve made major revisions over several years. We’ve
held neighborhood meetings and we’ve gone door to door to show information
about this to people in the area.”
In his e-mail, Alex Dade said he felt the decision
was going to come down in favor of
the Bradley Bay operators.
“Last night, the Bay Village Planning Commission approved
the plans for expansion of Bradley Bay’s commercial facility as
I’ve realized for years they would eventually do,” he said in the
e-mail. “During the meeting, my wife asked the commission if Bradley
Bay was going to be required to improve the (non existent) buffering
of their entire facility to meet the current buffering rules. The
response from the chairwoman of the committee was that the ‘ the
law department has determined’ that Bradley Bay is exempt from this requirement.”
Karen Dade said she felt her question on the matter
wasn’t given fair hearing.
“They tell you to participate in city government and
get involved,” she said. “We’ve dealt with this for almost four
years by doing garage sales, collecting donations, marching with
signs, passing out flyers and supporting political candidates to
try and deal with this for a facility that’s always gotten its way.
But, then they don’t want to listen to us or explain their actions
City Council President Brian Cruse said he’s reviewed
the meeting tapes and doesn’t agree with the Dade’s assessment.
“Alex and I have agreed to disagree on this one,”
Cruse said. “It appears that the planning commission didn’t want
to go over ground which had already been covered but it also said
that the residents could take it up with others. I don’t believe
they were being ignored.”
Alex Dade said he was going to listen to a meeting
Ebert said the residents have been heard and that
they still would be. He noted that several court decisions have
ruled against the residents’ contentions.
In passing the measure, the commission set the following
conditions: the storm water management plan should be consistent
with the recommendations of the city consulting engineer and that
approval should be obtained prior to issuing a building permit;
consolidation of the east parcel portion containing the hammerhead
driveway to the existing center owned parcels that front on Bradley
Road should be done within 45 days of commission approval, if the
consolidation is not done in that time period, then work should
stop; the air conditioning condenser unit should be screened consistent
with the March 27 drawings as amended at the meeting, to incorporate
a 10 foot brick screening wall and to provide a masonry wall on
the entire southeast corner of the building behind the wall screening
the condenser; locating the exhaust fan in the internal section
of the property; providing window shading in the eastern common
area to ensure no light spillage after 10 p.m.; all buffering and
landscaping to be installed prior to the granting of the occupancy
permit and the opacity of the landscaping to be evaluated within
one year after issuance of the permit to insure that the requirements