In two to three months, Dr. Tim Crawford, a local dentist, hopes to be in the renovated building he has been working on this past year.
“We have no firm timeline,” Crawford said. “The end of summer or beginning of fall. We are super excited to see this come to fruition.”
The historic three-story building at the corner of Wall and Main streets, Fort Scott, known as the Marble Building; has at points in time been a theater, bank, retail store, tanning bed business and will be the dentist’s office when completed.
“You can still see the dome for the chandelier in the attic space,” referring to its’ grand past, Crawford said.
The lobby is being restored, including the stained glass windows, the rest will be new construction.
The top floor is six apartments that have recently been renovated, Crawford said.
“The middle level needs some remodeling,” Crawford said. MCM Restoration occupies most of the second floor.
The main floor of the building he purchased, where his office will be, is also the office of Crain Insurance on the Wall Street side.
The move from 1115 S. Main to the new location for the dentist office will increase the size of the office almost four times.
“We are looking at over 5,000 square feet, and right now (at the current location) we have 1,300 to 1,400 square feet,” Crawford said.
Currently, Crawford has two receptionists, one hygienist, and two dental assistants, he said.
“We’ll probably have to add one more employee,” following the move to the new office, Crawford said.
JT Contracting, RL Construction and Peerless Products, all local businesses have been involved in the reno process, Crawford said.