“It had a lot of challenges with it to overcome but it mainly just felt right and we went with our gut,” Jessica Kile said. “It’s a lot more expensive to redo these buildings but for us the style of it matched the style of dentistry that we practice and the prime visible location had many advantages.”
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Kile’s husband, Jason, said the building needs extensive repairs, including new windows, improved access for handicapped patients and a completely new electrical system, among other challenges. The parking lot will also be expanded and he estimated the business’ investment could be as much as $800,000 to $900,000 overall.
Despite the cost, the project will provide a permanent home for a business that’s slowly grown over the past several years, he said. Jessica Kile said the business started in Mechanicsburg in 2013 and moved to Urbana about three years ago. The new office will provide a home for their business for the forseeable future.
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“It’s going to be fun to see it all come together,” Jason Kile said.
Along with the location, the project will preserve a building that has been standing just south of downtown Urbana for about a century. The building was briefly a county courthouse, Jessica Kile said. It has also served as a nursing home and as a meeting place for the Urbana Free Mason organization.
“It’s going to be a dental office for quite some time after this,” Jessica Kile said.