Liberty panel approves Shepherd of Valley plan

LIBERTY — Plans for a $30 million elderly-care facility near Tibbetts Wick Road have passed through the Township Zoning Commission and now will be considered by the trustees.

Liberty Administrator Pat Ungaro said Tuesday a public meeting will be held early next month to “roll out” the project and he expects township trustees to give Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Retirement Services the go-ahead to place a multi-purpose facility on 55 acres just west of the Belmont Park neighborhood.

“It really is a great project and I’m glad they’re bringing it to Liberty,” Ungaro said.

Richard Limongi, Shepherd of the Valley’s executive director, said the township recently changed the zoning in that area from residential to planned unit development to accommodate the project. He said the township zoning commission agreed to recommend the project to trustees for their approval.

“It’s pretty comprehensive. It looks like it will have everything, nursing home, assisted living,” Ungaro said. “It’s a great project for the township.”

He said he hopes to see a groundbreaking later this year or early next year.

In May, Trumbull County commissioners approved a 55-acre expansion of the Belmont Avenue Community Reinvestment Area to include the plot of land where Shepherd of the Valley plans to expand. The move allows tax exemptions for developers of the project.

Earlier this year, commissioners approved a project to connect a sewer line along Belmont Avenue to areas west on Tibbetts Wick Road that will also link it to the new Shepherd of the Valley facility. At the time, Commissioner Frank Fuda said the project was moved up in the schedule to accommodate the construction of the new senior complex.

Shepherd of the Valley, according to its website, is a Christian not-for-profit corporation that provides various care services such as independent and assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services with sites in several communities, including Howland, Niles, Boardman and Poland.

The Trumbull County Auditor’s website shows the corporation paid three parties a total of approximately $200,000 for the various properties where the facility is to be located.



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