Mercy Allen construction will change hospital’s look

By Scott Mahoney -

Mercy Allen Hospital will begin to look a bit different in the near future, as a construction project is set start soon.

In early February, the Oberlin planning commission approved a site plan for a new medical office building on the hospital’s campus.

The new structure will be 20,190 square feet and will sit in front of the existing hospital building.

It will replace the current medical office building located on the southwestern side of the hospital’s campus.

“This building will replace the existing medical office building on the corner,” Oberlin planning director Carrie Handy said. “They’re going to demolish that office building and move those offices to the new building.”

The current medical office building won’t be demolished until construction of the new building is complete. The land the office building sits on today will then be used for parking.

The new structure will be one level and is planned to have eight office suites.

The current medical office building has a lower level that hasn’t been used in several years. The building is also in a bit disrepair and bringing it to a more usable state would be too costly, according to the new structure’s designers, L.S. Architects.

The new building will be connected to the hospital, and will change the look of the hospital building, since it will block close to half of the existing front of the hospital, according to the designers.

Effort has been made to tie the two buildings together by using the same color brick as the hospital along with replicated key architectural features of the hospital.

Handy said she expects work to begin soon but said permits for the construction still needed to be issued.

Scott Mahoney can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @sm_mahoney on Twitter.

By Scott Mahoney