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Medical Arts Centre Set To Open In Lakeshore Story And Photos By Dave Hall

local family partnership is bringing a new medical arts centre to Lakeshore where patients and clients will be able to have their health concerns taken care of under one roof. The centre will include a pharmacy, an orthodontist, doctor’s offices, a speech therapist, registered massage therapist, naturopath, physiotherapist, optometrist and a chiropractor, in a 23,000 sq. ft. building, which is expected to be fully occupied by the end of June. Dave Batten, owner of Manz Contracting and Manz Decor, is developing the centre along with son-in-law Greg Tolmie, an orthodontist with a successful practice in LaSalle, and Tolmie’s brother Andrew, a pharmacist based in Elora. “It’s a growing area with lots of families as well as a considerable senior population and we felt it was the right time and location to make such an investment,” says Batten. Lakeshore MedArts is located in the former Knights of Columbus hall at the intersection of Renaud Line and County Road 22. “Once we decided to take on this project, we had to find the right piece of property,” explains Batten. “Much of what we looked at was too expensive.” In the end, Batten was taken out for a ride by his real estate agent Don Routliffe of Buckingham Realty to the K of C hall, which Routliffe mentioned might be available in the near future. “We went in, had a beer and started imagining what it could look like as a medical centre,” explains Andrew Tolmie. “It’s amazing how it has all come together. When we walked through the building, I never imagined it could have worked out any better than it has done.” The building went up for sale one month later and within a matter of days, the deal was completed, reveals Batten. It started out decades ago as the Swingland Hotel, a local watering hole and dance club, with 12 rooms on the upper levels, before the Knights of Columbus took over the property a little over 30 years ago. “We decided to preserve the exterior shape of the building, gut the inside and renovate, although it probably would have been easier to demolish it and start from scratch,” explains Andrew Tolmie. The partners have added 10,000 sq. ft. to the original building while keeping the front façade’s shape largely intact. The building is mostly medium blue and grey with all of the signage identical in order to present a uniform appearance. Batten says the construction period lasted about 13 months and the total investment is roughly $5 million.

Construction lasted about 13 months and was coordinated by The Rosati Group. (Note: Photo taken before official signage was installed).

About 70 workers have been onsite during the construction phase, coordinated by The Rosati Group, with completion expected by the third week of June. “I have patients booked for June 20 and I will likely be the first office which opens,” says Greg Tolmie, who will be closing his satellite practice in Belle River and moving all his Lakeshore area patients into the new centre.

Greg Tolmie, left, Dave Batten and Andrew Tolmie have redeveloped the former Knights of Columbus Hall in Lakeshore into a 12 unit Lakeshore MedArts Centre, scheduled to open in late June.

“We had simply outgrown our practice and it was becoming more and more difficult to schedule our patients in a timely and convenient manner,” adds Greg who will continue to operate his five year old LaSalle practice. Tolmie’s orthodontist office will have seven chairs in an open-concept setting designed by a company from Colorado, which specializes in dental practice layouts. “I live in Tecumseh and I have friends who B IZ X M A G A Z IN E • J U N E 2 0 1 6

have bought houses in this area and it seems to be where most of the population growth is happening,” believes Greg. At the new centre, there will be 12 units in total and nine are already leased. It’s expected that when all of the units are fully occupied, the centre will have between 50 and 60 employees. The site also includes about 140 parking spaces and the building itself will also contain a small coffee bar as well as an outdoor patio for use in the summer months. There will be two pharmacists working in the centre, according to Andrew, and all practitioners will have an opportunity to work together in a collaborative atmosphere. “The pharmacy will be operated by an alreadyexisting group of local independent pharmacists,” states Andrew, who is a member of the faculty at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy. “I grew up in this area and I’m happy that we are able to bring these types of services to people in Lakeshore.” Batten, a past Biz X Award winner for Manz Decor, is also the founder, along with former National Hockey League goaltender Eddie Mio, of Mio Manz Charities, a local organization which has raised money over the past 20 plus years for The Sunshine Foundation of Canada. The Foundation raises money in order to fulfill the wishes and dreams of children facing life-threatening illnesses and disabilities. He was also part of a group, which included Mio, Wayne Gretzky and two Toronto-area businessmen, which proposed building an arena and hotel in downtown Windsor about 20 years ago.


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