should end Bradley Bay disputes
By Jeff Gallatin
Published May 23, 2007
and Bradley Bay officials have reached an agreement on a compromise
with neighbors of the health-care facility about buffering which
would end the disagreements of the last several years, parties involved
City Council Monday sent the buffering proposals to
the Municipal Planning Commission in the form of amendments to the
landscape plan, which would provide additional coverage between
existing portions of the health-care facility and nearby neighbors.
Bay Village Law Director Gary Ebert said if the Planning Commission
approves the additions to the plan, then the problems between the
neighbors who have opposed the multi-million dollar expansion should
“It certainly appears that they could be done based
on this,” Ebert said. “This agreement would provide additional greenery
and coverage for areas between Bradley Bay and the neighbors. That’s
been the major contention that we’ve been trying to resolve in recent
If the Planning Commission approves the changes, then
there would be no need for the matter to go back to City Council,
He said John O’Neill, whose family owns and operates
Bradley Bay, sent one letter May 14 indicating that additional trees
will be planted at the northeast corner of the facility property
to provide some buffering.
“He’s also agreed to provide additional coverage with
more trees and greenery, which should take care of all the affected
neighbors,” Ebert said.
Ebert noted that one of the lawsuits involving the
case has already been ruled on and settled in court with the other
filed by Bradley Bay officials expected to be dropped shortly, Ebert
“We’re working with them on that,” Ebert said.
Ward 4 Councilman Mike Young has also continued his
effort to work with the parties involved and met with the neighbors
Monday morning, Ebert said.
Ebert said he did not expect any problem getting the
changes approved by the planning commission.
Alex Dade, one of the leaders of the group of neighbors
which has opposed the expansion plan the last few years, said the
additional buffering appears to satisfy the needs of the different
“We appreciate the work the city officials have put
forth in meeting with all of us to try and get this resolved,” Dade
said. “It was important for those neighbors by the existing facility
to get additional coverage between their homes and Bradley Bay.
This agreement appears to deal with that.”
He acknowledged that the discussions between Bradley
Bay officials and the neighbors have been contentious at times,
but added that it showed the importance of the matter to all parties
“You’re talking about people’s homes and where they
live, as well as a major business for the O’Neills,” Dade said.
“People are going to take those kind of issues very seriously.”
O’Neill said his writing the letter and the agreeing
to additional trees and greenery was a logical move for facility
“We’re just trying to move things along,” O’Neill
said. “This has been a long process for all the parties involved.
We’re glad to try and keep it moving.”
Designs for the expansion have been changed several
times during the process in an effort to work with the neighbors.
“That’s just part of trying to get all of this done
right,” O’Neill said.
He said it is still a long way to go before the expansion
is done. He also said Bradley Bay officials will continue to work
with others to improve the situation and Bay Village.
“We’ve been a part of the community for a long time,”