A veterinarian practice in Lake Township is set to expand to a new location after the township trustees Tuesday gave their approval to a zoning change for property the practice will be moving to.
The trustees unanimously approved an application from East Suburban Animal Clinic to rezone about 3 acres from an R-2 residential classification to a B-1 neighborhood business classification. The parcel is located at the southwest corner of Woodville and Pemberville roads.
Dr. Gary Holfinger told the trustees the practice has outgrown the building located at 5032 Woodville Road and plans to build a larger facility on the property, which sits east of the current location.
He said the new facility will be able to better accommodate the digital equipment the practice uses. The new building will be about 1,000 square feet larger than the current building, which is about 5,500 square feet.
A house that sits on the property will be demolished and Dr. Holfinger said he expects construction to start in late August after a 30-day zoning appeal period ends. Construction should be complete by next spring.
No one contested the zoning change at the hearing Tuesday and the township zoning commission and Wood County planning commission have also approved the change.
Dr. Holfinger said the practice has grown from one veterinarian when he started in 1981 to six veterinarians and staff of about 27.
“This move is more to catch up to where medicine is now,” he said. “Everything these days is digital and we were limited with the original layout with just one exam room. We’ve been able to expand it to four but that makes clients wait. The building is beginning to show its age. We average between 90 and 100 clients a day.”
The main entrance for the new facility will be off Woodville Road but there will also be access from Pemberville Road.
The trustees also approved several purchases of equipment and services for the fire department:
• A one-year contract for records management software with Emergency Reporting for $3,949.
• Four desktop computers and monitors for $5,040 to replace older systems.
• Six Motorola pagers from Bender Communications for $2,790.