By KATE COIL
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Progress is being made on the construction of a new business on Bluefield Avenue that will offer medical services to dialysis patients.
Crews have been working over the past few weeks on the property between Bluefield and Highland avenues, which will eventually be the home of Frensenius Medical Care (FMC).
Tom Cole, who owns the property where the building is being constructed, said FMC officials have indicated to him they are hoping to have the property move-in ready by late spring.
“The building will be a kidney dialysis center operated by Frensenius Medical Care,” Cole said. “My part is almost complete. I am constructing the shell of the building, and the company will be doing the rest. I believe it will be April or May before the building is occupied. FMC will be running independent of any local hospitals.”
The site formerly housed the T&T Pontiac facility, and after acquiring the property, Cole approached the Bluefield City Board last year about opening a new retail facility on the location.
When he was contacted by FMC, Cole said he thought it would be a great opportunity to bring a new business into Bluefield.
“The property has had a couple of different lives,” Cole said. “I acquired that property about three years ago when it was a Pontiac and Buick dealership and acquired some property around it as well. I also own the building across the street, which houses corporate offices. I heard there was a business interested in the property, so I called them and we worked out a deal. I will own the property and lease it to FMC. I believe they will be there for a while.”
Cole said cooperation from the city to vacate Pine Street for construction on the property helped keep FMC from moving their new location outside the city limits.
“They were talking about moving outside the city limits of Bluefield, but we were able to keep them inside the city limits,” he said. “The city of Bluefield abandoned Pine Street about a year ago so we could get better access for tractor-trailers while working on this project.”
Cole said he feels it is important to see both new construction and new businesses move into the city.
“This is a good thing for Bluefield,” Cole said. “It is good to see some new construction happening on Bluefield and to see a new business locating within the city limits.”
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