Proposed Vitalia Community

  • Proposed Community

Berea, OH

  • Adjacent to Coe Lake & Baldwin Wallace University


Who is the Developer?

Vitalia, an Omni inspired brand, means “full of life”. At Vitalia, our residents experience life filled with meaningful connections and new learning experiences that contribute to not just the wellbeing of the individual but also the surrounding community. Our carefully designed “village” within the village will provide Berea residents with the opportunity to choose an active adult lifestyle that offers unprecedented experiences for growth through a proposed partnership with Baldwin Wallace University. Offering Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care residences, our communities are committed to curating a lifestyle rich in experiences that go beyond the traditional concept of senior living, in a beautiful resort style setting.

PATRICK FINLEY

CHAIRMAN AND FOUNDER

MARIO SINICARIELLO

PRESIDENT

GARY BIALES

VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT

KAREN AVERELL

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

LARRY APPLE

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

Why Berea?

Omni is excited about their proposed partnership with Baldwin Wallace University to bring a Vitalia Community to the residents of Berea and the surrounding region. Nearly 15,000 individuals within a 5-mile radius are over 75 years old, however, there is currently only enough senior housing for 9% of the individuals.

We love to partner with universities and other cultural institutions such as the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Theater to bring quality programming and enrichment to our residents. Berea is a natural fit to grow our Vitalia Scholars program with the presence of Baldwin Wallace University.

Why this site?

Omni started conversations with Baldwin Wallace University on two university owned sites, one on Front Street and the other on Bridge Street. The Front Street location included several University owned historic homes; therefore, our teams shifted focus to the Bridge Street site.

Given its location adjacent to the downtown, it is positioned to be an economic catalyst for the area with residents, employees, families, and other visitors frequenting downtown restaurants and retailers. It also closely aligns with many of the goals outlined in the City of Berea’s Master Plan (Updated in 2010) which includes providing diverse housing options; redeveloping properties to create jobs; creating a higher density of uses geared toward providing downtown businesses with more residents and consumers; and promoting an elder-friendly community.

Vision for the Community

We are proposing the development of a Vitalia community located on Bridge Street between Seminary and Coe Street. The project will consist of approximately 140 Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care residences along with vibrant community amenities in a 3-story building over a parking podium. Our communities include a wide variety of beautiful amenity spaces including multiple dining options, 2 theaters, a pool, fitness room, private dining, bistro dining, a game room, lounge, and 2 salons.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are proposing the development of a Vitalia community located on Bridge Street between Seminary and Coe Street. The project will consist of approximately 140 Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care residences along with vibrant community amenities in a 3-story building over a parking podium. Our communities include a wide variety of beautiful amenity spaces including multiple dining options, 2 theaters, a pool, fitness room, private dining, bistro dining, a game room, lounge, and 2 salons.

At this time BW can reduce its overall number of residential units. Students who have lived in the Townhouses will have other housing options available on campus. Resident Life at Baldwin Wallace University will handle this student transition.

Our communities typically employ 50-60 full time individuals including an executive director, nurses, resident life coordinators, maintenance, and culinary positions.

 

The City currently collects $0 in property taxes for the Townhouse dormitory parcels.

Omni will be the owner and operator of the community. BW will be a part investor and partner providing educational experiences for the residents. The land and buildings will be the property of Omni, pay the taxes and be responsible for the maintenance of the community.

Yes, Vitalia will pay both property and payroll taxes. The total project investment is estimated between $35 and $45 million dollars in construction and development costs. Estimated property taxes with a CRA tax abatement agreement in place could total $4 million over 10 years whereas the City currently receives $0 in property taxes for these parcels. In addition, payroll taxes for the 50-60 full time employees could total more than $500,000 over 10 years.

*Answers are subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact us for definitive answers on the current situation and what we are able to offer.

How you can help

You can provide input by attending a meeting via Zoom (an online meeting) of the Berea City Council’s Building & Zoning Committee on Wednesday May 26th at 7pm.

You can also send an email or letter of support to the city in favor of this important project that will provide the opportunity for Berea residents to age in place in the community and region that they have supported throughout the years.

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