At least one business will take advantage of the construction on Highway 36 this year by using the time to rebuild its facility.
In the coming months, Hall Family Chiropractic plans to demolish and rebuild its site at the corner of Highway 36 and Oakgreen Avenue in Oak Park Heights.
According to owner Dan Hall, the change has been in the works about two and a half years, but it’s fortuitous that the reconstruction will coincide with MnDOT’s work on 36.
“One of the reasons we’re doing this project now is because MnDOT is going to change and fix the road there,” he said. “We figured this was a good opportunity to do what we need to do since they’re going to be doing work already.”
Hall Family Chiropractic has already moved to a temporary location in the Valley Ridge Mall and is open for business.
The old building, which once housed two other tenants beside the chiropractic office is now vacant, and Hall expects it will be demolished around the end of April. The building was constructed in the 1960s, Hall said.
When the project began, Hall only intended to remodel the chiropractic office.
“The deeper we got into it, the more people convinced us that we should just take the old building down and start over,” he said. “It’ll be a brand new facility. … We plan on having a state-of-the-art healing center.”
The new building will be 7,500 square feet with Hall Family Chiropractic as the anchor. Hall hopes to attract complementary tenants, such as a yoga studio, to fill the remaining space. But it could be used as office or retail space, and no tenants are locked in.
Access to the site will be from Oakgreen Avenue North.
The Oak Park Heights City Council unanimously granted approval for a conditional use permit allowing the site to operate with 34 parking spaces, rather than the 37 required under ordinance.
If all goes as planned, Hall expects construction of the new facility to be complete in October.
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