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Cleveland Clinic to open health care facility in London

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Clinic has inked a long-term lease to open a health care facility in London, part of a push to sell its services internationally.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports the clinic announced the move Friday and says it will lease a 6-story office building on the English city’s West End. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

The move is the clinic’s latest effort to expand its services abroad from its main campus in Cleveland. The hospital system also operates facilities in Toronto and Abu Dhabi, as well as in Weston, Florida, Las Vegas and at eight regional locations across northeast Ohio.

“Cleveland Clinic has become a national leader in health care in the United States, and we are committed to reinvesting in our mission, as well as expanding locally, nationally, and internationally,” CEO Delos Cosgrove said in a statement.

Marc Harrison, the clinic’s chief of International Business Development, will lead the planning process. He said he’s examining ways to tailor care to London’s needs.

“We are pleased to have acquired 33 Grosvenor Place and are excited to explore the opportunity to offer health care services that complement the current local health care market,” Harrison said.

He said the final plan, once developed, will be reviewed with the Grosvenor estate and Westminster City Council in consultation with neighbors and other local stakeholders

Officials: Complex could bring millions to shop, dine

HAMILTON (AP) — A new $350 million shopping center could draw more than 10 million people a year to shop and dine north of Cincinnati, Butler County officials said.

The potential foot traffic generated from the Liberty Center complex could attract new residents and other businesses to Liberty Township and the surrounding area, said Mark Hecquet, the county visitors bureau’s executive director. A grand opening is planned Thursday. A Dillard’s department store and Dick’s Sporting Goods store have already opened at the complex.

“These visitors will spend money within Liberty Center, but also in Butler County restaurants, stores, hotels, attractions, gas stations and many more businesses outside of the Liberty Center itself,” Hecquet told the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News. “Businesses ranging from dry cleaners that service employee uniforms to farms that produce locally-sourced ingredients for restaurant menus and many, many more will all positively benefit.”

Estimates indicate that up to 70,000 people are expected to visit the Liberty Center complex from outside the area every year to the complex, which is comprised of more than 1 million square feet of shopping, dining, office and residential space. Future phases of development could more than double the floor space of the development.

Commercial land values in the area have already seen an uptick, real estate experts said.

The opening of the complex, coupled with medical developments and expansions nearby, has driven land prices up, said Tom McCormick, senior vice president for commercial real estate firm Cushman Wakefield.

County pays $2M to avoid transporting human waste by truck

CINCINNATI (AP) — A southwest Ohio county will spend $2 million for incinerator work to avoid transporting human waste by truck.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Hamilton County commissioners have put the money toward redesigning the Little Miami Incinerator in Cincinnati. It’s in danger of closing next year because it’s not in compliance with environmental regulations.

If the incinerator can’t be saved, the county might have to transport tons of dried human waste in dump trucks to other incinerators or landfills.

Officials say they want to avoid that scenario because of the odor and potential hazard it poses if anything were to happen to the trucks.

The Metropolitan Sewer District already transports about three truckloads of sludge and two truckloads of dried waste every day on county roads and highways.

Toledo Zoo receives 3 Tasmanian devils from zoo in Australia

TOLEDO (AP) — Three Tasmanian devils now call the Toledo Zoo home as part of a program to save the species listed as endangered in Australia.

A male and two females from Australia’s Monarto Zoo arrived this week. Zoo officials say Nugget, Tatiana and Orchid will need to get acclimated to their new surroundings before going on exhibit.

The zoo says the species native to the island of Tasmania has been on the decline due to a facial cancer estimated to have caused the deaths of about 90 percent of devils in the wild.

Adult males weigh about 18 pounds and average two feet in length while adult females weigh about 13 pounds and are about 20 inches long.

Their foreboding expression, black color and terrible scream contributed to the “devil” nickname.