Cheswick's loss is Springdale's gain: Chiropractor, veterinarian relocating
A chiropractor and a veterinarian who are neighbors in Cheswick will remain so when they both move up Pittsburgh Street into Springdale.
River Valley Veterinary Hospital is moving into the former R.E. Crawford Construction building, while Taggart Chiropractic & Wellness plans to move into the former National City Bank nearby.
Both are now in Cheswick Commons Plaza.
Having the two businesses move in and occupy the formerly vacant buildings will help brighten and liven up Springdale's business district, borough council President David Finley said.
“We're glad to have them. We're going to work with them and help them any way we can,” Finley said. “Any time you can take an empty building and get it back on the tax rolls, that's a plus for any community.”
The buildings “have been empty far too long for our liking,” Finley said. “We're pleased as punch they're going to be viable again.”
River Valley owners Richard and Kim Linkenheimer of West Deer are renovating at their new location at 1046 Pittsburgh St., which they hope to have finished by early May.
The Linkenheimers bought the building, along with a second building and adjoining parking lots, in February.
Chiropractor Damon Taggart of Richland is still working on finalizing his purchase of the former bank at 911 Pittsburgh St. from PNC.
Dealing with a water problem in the building's basement has delayed closing. Springdale required money to be placed in escrow to ensure the problem will be fixed and allow the sale to go through.
National City closed the bank sometime in 2008 before National City was acquired by PNC in 2009. It has been for sale since November 2009, a PNC spokeswoman said.
Taggart on Wednesday said he expects the sale to close by April 11.
A native of Houston, Taggart has been a chiropractor for about seven years, with about three years in Cheswick. With his lease in Cheswick up at the end of August, Taggart said he hopes to be practicing in Springdale no later than Sept. 1.
“As soon as it's operational, we're going to move into it,” he said.
With about the same amount of space, the biggest difference for Taggart is that he'll no longer be renting.
“I want to be more permanent,” he said. “We like the area. My wife is from this area. This is where we want our business to be.”
Taggart said it's just coincidence that he and the Linkenheimers are moving to Springdale.
The two share patients — some of River Valley's pet owners are Taggart's patients and Taggart and some of his patients take their pets to River Valley. Taggart has done some work on animals, with Linkenheimer's supervision.
Each keeps a stack of the other's business cards.
“I'm glad we'll still be close,” Taggart said.
With 5,000 square feet on just the first floor, the new River Valley Veterinary Hospital will be about five times larger than its present location, where it has been since November 2000.
“I felt this was meant for us,” Kim Linkenheimer said. “I'm going to miss the neighbors (in Cheswick), but we need a larger space. It was time.”
The number of exam rooms will triple from two to six, with three on one side of the building for dogs and three on the other side for cats.
A larger reception and waiting room, and separate entrance, will help keep dogs and cats apart.
“It will be more inviting for them,” Kim Linkenheimer said. “They can sit and relax in the front without being crowded.”
The location will include a new “comfort room,” where pet owners can take as much time as they need before a pet is euthanized.
“We don't rush them,” Kim Linkenheimer said.
The additional space will allow River Valley to take on another veterinarian, Michelle Honse, who joined the practice earlier this year.
Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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