By Kevin Kelley
Andrako Insurance Consultants still plans to move to Fairview Park from Rocky River, Fairview Park development Director Shawn Leininger said. But the company has dropped its plans to purchase a lot from the city and construct a new building there, he said.
Instead, Andrako will purchase and renovate the two-story 210 Medical Building, located at the southeast corner of Lorain Road and West 210th Street, directly across from St. Angela Merici Catholic Church, Leininger told West Life.
According to plans filed with Fairview Park’s building department, Andrako is planning exterior renovations, including a new copper roof, copper panels and stone veneer in the front. The exterior brick will also be whitewashed, the plans indicate.
The city’s Planning and Design Commission is expected to review and vote on the plans at its meeting today at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
In November, Fairview Park City Council passed an ordinance authorizing the sale to Andrako of a city-owned lot at 20520 Lorain Road on which the Country Inns Motel once stood. The sale price was $119,000, with $10,000 of that in the form of a promissory note to be forgiven if the property was fully developed within 18 months of the title transfer.
The company planned to build a one-story, 7,000-square-foot office building with an attached parking garage at the property, according to documents filed with the city.
The cost of the project was estimated at $660,000. Council also approved property tax abatement for seven years on the new building.
Francis “Bud” Andrako was on vacation Monday, his office said, and not available to comment. Leininger told West Life the insurance company decided to go in a different direction.
Aware that Basem Droubi, the vascular surgeon who owns the 210 Medical Building, was looking to sell the property, city officials got Andrako in contact with Droubi, Leininger said. Andrako now has a contract agreement to purchase the building, the development director said.
“I’m glad Andrako continued to show an interest in Fairview Park,” Leininger said.