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Family medical clinic planned for Rome Township

Jan. 24, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

ROME TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A field adjacent to Fairland East Elementary School will house a $2 million family medical clinic by spring and could be home to a proposed $8 million, 40-unit, affordable senior housing project by 2014, said Ralph Kline, assistant executive director of the Ironton-Lawrence County Area Community Action Organization.

The community action organization and St. Mary's Medical Center currently are operating a limited family practice off County Road 107. Two new modular units were put in place Tuesday. Eight other modular units from the former Ironton Medical Center were moved to Rome Township last year.

"We hope to be in full operation in early spring," Kline said.

The medical center will cost about $2 million, he said.

The building will be the site of a public meeting from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, about the proposed senior housing project, he said.

PIRHL, a Cleveland-based company, has proposed building a 40-unit senior housing project at a site adjacent to the medical center, Kline said. That project would also incorporate satellite senior services.

An application for state cards will have to be approved and additional financing sought, he said. "If it goes forward, we're talking about construction in 2014," Kline said.

Lawrence County also has to extend sewer service to the site at a cost of about $500,000, he said. The Union-Rome sewer district has sufficient capacity to serve the medical center but would need to expand to serve a 40-unit senior housing project.

The public meeting will discuss both projects, he said, and the medical center will be open for tours at the existing site.



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