Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Three veteran Carroll dentists did something remarkable the other day.

They made me absolutely love the thought of thousands of people going to the dentist — as long as that doesn’t include me, of course.

Carroll Dental Associates, a clinic with a history stretching back more than half a century in the community, is well into plans to develop a 17,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility at the former location of the 71-30 Motel.

Drs. Martin J. Halbur, Karl J. Eischeid and Nicholas J. Fangman will remain as the primary partners as the clinic moves to its new location from the long-standing one at 818-822 N. Main St.

Completion date for the clinic is projected to be in February to March of 2012.

At a recent Carroll Area Development Corp. meeting, the dentists reviewed progress at that highly visible location — and released an astonishing figure that had me thinking more about dollars rolling over in our local stores than drills and cavities.

Carroll Dental Associates serviced 23,484 accounts in 2010. The average patient visits the clinic 2.2 times annually, the dentists told the CADC. The clinic’s draw extends well beyond the borders of not only Carroll County, but past contiguous ones.

“Look out A&W, you’re going to be really busy,” Halbur said of the restaurant south of the developing clinic. “We’re going to bring a lot of people to your doors. Be prepared.”

Eischeid told the development group that the clinic worked aggressively to make sure as many local tradesmen are involved with the construction project as possible. Badding Construction is the general contractor, and Eischeid said most of the sub-contractors have Carroll-area ties as well. Pella Windows are going into the building, as an example.

Fangman said the dentists collaborated on the design to ensure easier access for those with physical challenges.

“That’s one of the things we really worked on with our architect,” Fangman said.

Halbur said the building also will employ green energy to the extent possible.

About 40 percent of the former 71-30 property now owned by the dentists is available for additional commercial development. The clinic is bullish on the location for a relocation or addition of a new business.

Dental Associates Clinic was built in 1955 by Dr. R.F. Barels and Dr. L.B. Westendorf. Dr. Norm Schultz practiced there from 1957 to 1960. Dr. Gerald Schreck practiced at the clinic from 1962-1964.

Dr. Robert Langenfeld practiced at the clinic from 1963 to 2005.

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Supervisors’ forums continue …

The Carroll County Board of Supervisors has been holding public-input sessions around the county modeled after the Carroll Chamber’s legislative forums.

There are three more, all beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Tonight, there will be a meeting in the former Sacred Heart School building in Templeton. On Monday, June 27, the Supervisors will hold a session at the Dedham Park shelter. A final one will be held at the Carroll County Courthouse on Thursday, June 30.