A “whale” in real estate terms is a new building of more than 500,000 square feet. The last one built in Cleveland was MetroHealth Health System’s 700,000-square-foot, 11-story, $1 billion Glick Center, seen here under construction in April 2020. If they added four more floors and another 200,000+ square feet to it, it would equate size-wise with what the Cleveland Clinic Foundation now has in mind for its massive new Neurological Institute.
In a stunning surprise, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation is reportedly pursuing a major expansion of its previously announced proposal to build a new Neurological Institute. The new building was proposed to measure 400,000 square feet. Now, a source very close to the Clinic says the building will exceed 900,000 square feet and bring more than 1,000 new jobs to the global health care system’s main campus near University Circle.
And that’s just one of several real estate plays involving the Clinic that will add thousands more jobs to Cleveland’s booming health-care employment scene.
The source, who did not wish to speak publicly until more details were finalized, said the expansion was due to the Cleveland Clinic’s desire to add more inpatient rooms and to consolidate neurological staff which are scattered at multiple locations in Greater Cleveland. Plans for the prior, smaller building were to offer treatments on a strictly outpatient basis.
With the provision of inpatient rooms, it means the Clinic will need to hire hundreds of nursing and support staff to provide the inpatient care. Currently, the Clinic employs more than 300 medical, surgical and research specialists in its Neurological Institute. Within the institute are 16 centers of care each with multiple departments treating different challenges such as behavioral health, cerebrovascular, brain tumor, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, sleep disorders and more.
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