BEACHWOOD, OH – Health care workers, community members, and local Union representatives, reacted with alarm when learning real estate plans were submitted by HCRI Beachwood Inc. to convert Park East Center, a long-term care facility, into apartments and a restaurant. The displacement of residents and elimination of jobs are at the top of their list of concerns.
“The facility is home to over 100 residents, voters and citizens of Beachwood who are vulnerable,” said Carol Ford, a health care worker, who has worked at Park East Center for over 10 years.
HCRI Beachwood Inc., the property owner, is a subsidiary of Welltower, a real estate investment trust. Operations at the facility are managed by Genesis HealthCare. It is unclear if local officials in Beachwood have been in contact with representatives for both companies.
“My coworkers and I, we wanted to see investment in this facility, so it is a sad day when these local jobs may be lost, when the vision brought to local leaders for Park East Center is an apartment building, and when these residents may no longer call Beachwood home,” concluded Carol Ford.
Local employees at the facility are calling for the Beachwood City Council to preserve jobs and reject plans to convert the facility into apartments. In addition to displacing the residents who live at the facility, the plan would eliminate over 80 Union jobs and dozens of non-union positions that benefit the local economy and greater community.