Several new projects are contributing to the rapidly changing face of Main Street and giving the town's historic district a "healthier" look in the process.
Among the new projects, all health care-related, are an eye clinic and veterinary clinic.
In addition, Main Street Manager Karen Greenspoon said the development on the site of the old Winchester Saloon and clearing of the site of the historic park on the northwest corner of McLane Road and Main Street are progressing.
RISSER-THOMAS EYE CLINIC
The new offices of the Risser-Thomas Eye Clinic and Alpine Optical will be in the 1930s-vintage house last occupied by The Oaks Restaurant once renovation is completed.
Originally built by J.W. Boardman, who owned Boardman's General Store on the site of the historic park, two additions were made to the house when it was converted to a restaurant, Dr. Christian Risser said.
"We're going to try to keep the look, try to keep the lawn, keep it looking like an old residence," Risser said. "We're refacing the fireplace inside and the patio wall out in front."
While Risser's partner, Dr. Robert Thomas, was interested in the property as an investment, Risser said the primary reason for the move from the clinic's current location on Highway 87 was space.
"We needed more room, and this gives it to us," Risser said. "We are going from 1,800 square feet to close to 3,000. We'll have five examination rooms instead of three and a larger waiting area. Plus, the place already has public rest rooms and handicapped facilities."
Risser said he hopes to have his clinic open at the new site by December.
PINE COUNTRY ANIMAL CLINIC
Dr. Patti Blackmore's Pine Country Animal Clinic, which opened in April, has already outgrown its facility at 702 South Meadow St., just off Main Street. She is building a new clinic on Main Street on a vacant site between Main Street Paint and Lincoln Garage Door.
"I started as a mobile vet, then moved next door to my husband's dental practice," Blackmore said. She is planning a 3,200-square-foot structure that will have separate retail space.
"The clinic will take up 2,300 or 2,400 square feet," she said. "It will have three exam rooms, a surgery room, and we'll carry specialty pet supplies goofy things you can't get anywhere else in town."
Blackmore, who said she still needs town council approval to put an animal clinic on Main Street, plans to follow a territorial motif.
"It's going to be similar to the new Stockmen's Bank," she said. While she is talking to a company about leasing the retail space, Blackmore declined to reveal the nature of the business.