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Medical facility set for former Delano Dodge building

By Ryan Gueningsman, Managing Editor

Customer convenience is the main motivation behind Delano Eye Clinic’s plan to be the anchor tenant in a “medical strip mall” in the former Delano Dodge building on Highway 12.

Delano Eye Clinic, which is in a network of nine clinics, will be moving from Delano Crossings to its new location, and hopes to be in operation this fall.

“We are totally excited,” said Dr. Kristina Pupp of the Delano Eye Clinic. “The idea is to have a medical model and have more convenience if everything is together.”

Along with the Delano Eye Clinic, Pro Rehab, a neighbor in Delano Crossings, will also be making the move to the remodeled Delano Dodge building. One or two additional tenant spaces will also be available, Pupp said, hopefully for additional businesses in the medical field.

“One end is also going to be a coffee shop with a drive-through,” Pupp added. “I love McDonald’s coffee and Three Crows, but it’ll be nice to have something on that side of town.”

Pupp said the move came down to two things – in addition to customer convenience, space issues were also a concern.

“Being here at Delano Crossings has been good, but the timing with the Dodge building was basically just perfect timing,” Pupp said. The clinic has expanded some of its services and equipment, including retinal cameras for people with diabetes and macular degeneration, additional Glaucoma screening equipment, and also computers that allow some patient interaction.

The building is 16,800 square feet and remodeling work has been taking place since approval of the plans was given by the Delano City Council in June.

“They have been working a lot of hours down there,” Pupp said, but noted the state shutdown has slowed work a bit due to the inability to get electrical inspections. Even so, she is still optimistic the facility will be open this fall.

The building itself will not be expanded, but an outdoor dining area at the northeast corner of the building will be added, as will a drive-through lane on the east side of the building.

Parking will be on the east half of the site, and future development could take place on the western side of the site.

Pupp said the network of clinics has done remodeling in other communities, and said it’s nice to ensure communities can offer services like eye clinics, dentists, chiropractic offices, and rehabilitation centers. She said it can be nice to refer patients to one another for specific medical issues, and said patients have responded favorably upon learning of the plans.

“The city has been pleased with the plans for reuse of the former Delano Dodge site,” said Delano City Administrator Phil Kern. “The transformation of this building for medical, office, and retail suites will be a good long-term use of the building and maintain the positive influence of the site on the community. It’s good to see the success of the Delano Eye Clinic and ability to continue growing within the community.”

A grand opening for the facility will be planned and announced upon completion, Pupp added.

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