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Crews begin tearing down Pythian Sisters Home in Medina

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    “He’s coming” is spray-painted on a wall of the former Pythian Sisters Home. The horror movie “Fear Clinic” featuring Robert Englund, famous for his role as Freddy Krueger, was filmed at the home in Medina.

    HALEE HEIRONIMUS / GAZETTE

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    A crew of five people from Allsite Construction, LLC, Medina, work through rubble Thursday that once made up the Pythian Sisters Home at 635 Huntington Street, Medina.

    HALEE HEIRONIMUS / GAZETTE

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“He’s coming” is spray-painted on a wall of the former Pythian Sisters Home. The horror movie “Fear Clinic” featuring Robert Englund, famous for his role as Freddy Krueger, was filmed at the home in Medina.

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MEDINA — The spray-painted “he’s coming” on a wall is a remnant from a horror movie shoot.

But soon the wall — and the whole building — will be gone at the former Pythian Sisters Home.

A crew of five people from All Site Construction LLC in Medina Township is scheduled to complete the demolition of the former Pythian Sisters Home by the end of the week, city of Medina building official Dan Gladish said.

Gladish said the approximate 9-acre lot at 635 Huntington St. will become the site of three new buildings — an independent living facility, a memory care facility and assistant living facility

The property was purchased for $325,000 in 2015 by a company called Medina Huntington ReGroup LLC, according to the Medina County Auditor’s website.

Gladish said the front portion of the property will house the Echelon Senior Living Facility, which encompasses a two-story, 58,195-square-foot assisted living facility and a one-story, 22,480-square-foot memory care facility.

The project is being led by Hemminger Construction Co. of Akron.

“They’re already starting (construction),” Gladish said. “Within a week or so they’ll be digging out the foundation.”

On the back portion of the property, a three-story, 112,000 square-foot independent living project is being led by Summit Construction of Akron.

“They got site plan approval, but we haven’t seen any official drawings yet,” Gladish said. “It probably won’t be for another 60 to 90 days before we receive that information.”

The facilities will be adjacent to the new Huntington Square apartments. The $6 million complex, a facility for people ages 55 and older, is being built on 10.5 acres by Clover Communities, based in Buffalo, N.Y.

Dedicated in June 1916, the Pythian Sisters Home was willed to the order by Sophia Huntington Parker and had a fully equipped hospital with a resident nurse on staff at the time, according to the “1948 History of Medina County.”

The Order of the Pythian Sisters is a philanthropic organization with a primary purpose of caring for the sick and elderly.

The home was known to be a home for elderly women. Men were allowed in later.

In 2013, the home was a filming site for the movie “Fear Clinic,” starring Robert Englund.

Englund was famous for his role as Freddy Krueger in “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

Contact reporter Halee Heironimus at (330) 721-4012 or hheironimus@medina-gazette.com.



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