A combination medical office and retail center will open in Wauseon by next summer at the site of a former drive-in theater.
The 2,500 square-foot dermatology practice of Dr. David J. Kouba will be the primary occupant of the 8,000 square-foot building scheduled to open in approximately seven months. The groundbreaking took place last week on Shoop Avenue where the former Star Drive-In Theater stood for 58 years.
The three-unit, $1.7 million building was designed by Kime Design, and will be constructed by Sean Patrick Builders, both of Toledo. Two of the units will be leased, one possibly by a retail business, according to Lisa Leonhardt, office manager for Dr. Kouba.
She said Dr. Kouba, who has a main office located at the Toledo Clinic and a satellite office in Oregon, Ohio, wanted to open a third office in Wauseon. The new office will replace one presently located at the Fulton County Health Center.
“He did a lot of research, and he found that to be a very good site, a kind of centrally located site,” Leonhardt said of the Shoop Avenue location.
The new office will be manned by Dr. Kouba, Dr. Allison Dollman, and two physician assistants. The staff will practice general dermatology with a surgical focus on skin cancers.
Dr. Kouba interned at Baltimore Medical Center and served his residency at Johns Hopkins University. His procedural dermatology fellowship was at the University of California in Los Angeles.
He has practiced in the Toledo area for about eight years, and in Wauseon for three years. Prior to that he worked at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
The drive-in theater closed in 1999, and the remaining screen was demolished in 2010.
David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.