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No plans yet for health department's current home

Zoe Greszler • Dec 28, 2018 at 3:00 PM

What will happen to Huron County Public Health’s 180 Milan Ave., Suite 8. location once it moves out? It may be too soon to tell. 

The health department recently announced it purchased 28 Executive Drive for $550,000. According to land transfer records and community health director Katie Spaar, that price reflects a $200,000 charitable contribution from the sellers. The $550,000 is to be paid over a five-year period, and Spaar said the department plans to make the official move next year.

Spaar said the decision came as “what was best for the agency, the community and the best investment of tax payer dollars” and is expected to be part of “a smooth transition.”

“Huron County residents should see little change or disruption to the current programs and services being provided,” she added. “HCPH will continue to provide public health services at its current location, 180 Milan Ave., Suite 8, Norwalk, until a moving date can be decided. More information will be announced as it becomes available.”

Currently, the Executive Drive building houses Fisher-Titus Home Health Center and Dr. Bartt Colahan, DDS Dentistry, after a third business already chose to vacate the property.

Spaar said Fisher-Titus Home Health Center will be vacating next year before the health department moves in, while Colahan’s practice intends to stay. She said HCPH will act as a landlord for that part of the facility.

As for the health department’s current location on the first floor of the county administration building, Huron County Commissioner Terry Boose said there are no concrete plans in place for the space since an exact move-out date is unknown.

“We don’t have any plan as of right now because we’re not sure when it’s going to be totally vacated. It sounds like they’re going to be taking it in phases,” he said.

Boose said last the commissioners heard a couple months ago, HCPH was looking at possibly mid-summer for its full transition to be completed. The uncertainties haven’t stopped some would-be tenants from already inquiring about the space. 

“We’ve had a couple people approach us and talk to us about it,” Boose said.

“One of them was a non-profit organization that was interested and the board of elections was talking about possibly moving from the second floor to the first floor. ... We’re going to have to do more research and things before we move forward (with any plans in the future) with the cost and renovations that will be needed. So we have a few things trickling in, but the sooner the health department tells us their plans, the sooner we’ll know more and have plans for the space.”

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