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Cuyahoga County Update on Emergency Operations Center


On March 14, 2012, the Cuyahoga County Department of Public Safety and Justice Services released a Request for Information regarding the development of a Cuyahoga County Emergency Operations Center. Applicants were asked to submit a response to the Request for Information by March 30, 2012. A total of 14 applications were received from various jurisdictions. These jurisdictions included (some submitted more than one application):

 • Broadview Heights • Independence  
 • Parma  • Solon
 • Strongsville  • Olmsted Township
 • Tri-C  • Grubb & Ellis
• Chelm Properties
 • Brooklyn Heights
 • Dalad Group  • Brooklyn
 • Olmsted Falls  

The first round of applicants was reduced based on the following criteria:

1. Was the land or building owned by the municipality and did it meet County needs?

As a result, nine (9) of the 14 applicants were eliminated.

The remaining five (5) were reduced based on one or more of the following criteria:

1. Was the land or building owned by the municipality?
2. Less than or equal to a ½ mile proximity to an active railroad
3. Less than or equal to a 1 mile proximity to a significant number of Environmental Hazard Substance Sites

As a result, two (2) additional applicants were eliminated.

The following three (3) sites are still possible locations for the Cuyahoga County Emergency Operations Center:

1.  Broadview Heights

Two potential locations:
  • Rehab of an Existing Property: 68 acre City Campus location with a total of four buildings, formerly North Royalton City School District kindergarten facilities
  • New Build: As a part of a new wellness complex located near an Emergency Department, helipad, diagnostics, medical office building, and fitness facilities.
2. Parma
This location would be a new build on existing property. The property is adjacent to the Parma Police Department and Justice Center Complex. In addition, the property will be co-located with Parma’s Fire Headquarters, and Fire Station #3.

3. Independence
The suggested location is at 6565 Brecksville Road and would be a rehab of an existing building. The building is a former school building that is no longer used.

Currently, the County contracted with URS a firm to assess each site, to see which location would be the best fit to serve as the Cuyahoga County Emergency Operations Center. As of July 25, 2012, the report was 50% complete.

As we move forward in the process we intend to keep public safety engaged in the process.