Breaking Ground

PARKERSBURG – A formal groundbreaking of new medical facilities will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at 2010 and 2012 Garfield Ave.

The Garfield Medical Complex was formed for the purpose of building two medical buildings to house Dr. Orton Armstrong, M.D., Dr. William Tomlinson, M.D., an office for Mountain River Physical Therapy, Dr. J. Scott Eckels, DDS MS, and a new store for Cox Family Pharmacy. Space also will be available for three other medical service providers in the buildings with one tenant space remaining.

The new facilities will provide more than 31,000 square feet and will service existing patients of all entities and allow for additional service capacity.

“We are very excited to see all of our planning become a reality,” Armstrong, a spokesman for the group, said. “Our group has met for well over a year to develop new facilities that will provide our patients with a positive experience and meet all of their needs.”

The site is at the former Chalfant’s Trailer Park.

“That land is very valuable up there,” Mayor Bob Newell said.

The mayor believes the project will encourage other development of vacant lots on Garfield Avenue. It’s like a domino where one goes down and starts a chain reaction, according to Newell.

“It usually does attract other businesses,” Newell said.

Other developers have been looking at sites in that area, including the Chalfant’s lot for a hotel, Newell said.

“There are people looking,” he said. “That’s my point.”

A value of the project was not disclosed, but represents a significant investment in the Parkersburg area and will position the group to better serve the growing medical needs of our community, Armstrong said. Easy access off Ohio Avenue, ample parking and a drive-through pharmacy will make the services convenient, he said.

“We have a good group of medical professionals that want the best for their patients and staffs,” he said. “This investment will allow all of us to continue our level of service with what we currently do, and with more convenience, newer facilities and coordinated care.”

Armstrong will speak at the ceremony and participating will be Jill Parsons, president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley, and Newell.